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More Than Books

The Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) and Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County (MLS) have reimagined the uninspired vision of a library – finding a book and shushing your voice – into an intoxicating abundance of dynamic experiences.  And that’s welcome news, because every Tulsa County resident lives within five miles of a TCCL library branch. And MLS has 19 library...

Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award Gala

The Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award is given by the Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa City-County Library. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to acclaimed authors who have written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters. Alongside the recognition, the...

A Pre-Statehood Passion

Libraries are a vital part of a community – a belief our state recognized from the beginning. Even before statehood, in 1890, the first legislative assembly of the territory of Oklahoma passed legislation to create the territorial library, and the state’s strong affinity for access to libraries began. Natalie Currie, director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries – the entity...

Finding the Write Space

In its first year, the Creative Quills Writing Group had a booth at the El Reno Burger Day Festival. Twenty-five authors, still unpublished at the time, filled the group’s table with their business cards. The following year, the table was covered with 25 newly published books. What started as a workshop during poetry month in 2015 has blossomed into...

A Tour of Higher Education

Oklahoma students speak about a liberal-arts education Often bypassed by thousands of aspiring seniors in Oklahoma high schools are small liberal-arts colleges nearby. While the vast majority of in-state, college-bound students go to either the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, a regional university or a community college, small liberal-arts schools offer other higher-education options – primarily low student-faculty ratios, individualized...