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Winter Reading Challenge 2019

By Lisa V | December 21, 2018

Stop by the library and pick up your awesome 2019 calendar!  At the bottom of the calendar are 33 different reading choices.  Choose any five books to read, fill in the challenge card, and return to the circulation desk.  You can win a browsing bag with goodies or choose a sack of free books from…

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The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

Honk and Holler returns Billie Letts’ readers to the mythical town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma, where Novalee Nation presumably still lives (or will live) after putting her life together in Where the Heart Is.  In this novel, the focus is on different characters whose lives intersect in 1985.  The immediate setting is a cafe, The Honk and Holler…

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Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

Toward the end of Pushing the Bear, one character reflects that the women of the Cherokee, in their “behind-the-scenes” way, would probably assign the new lands and enforce the laws in the Territory.  The Choctaw, another tribe displaced from the Southeast, have a strong tradition of women participating in important decisions.  LeAnne Howe, an enrolled Choctaw,…

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Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

One of the more interesting chapters in Red Dirt reflects on the kind of people who pushed their way to the frontier, those who stubbornly fought the elements and other humans to make a place for themselves.  These Scots-Irish, the author’s ancestors, were also among those who hung on, clinging to their marginal farms and…

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Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

Rilla Askew began her first novel, The Mercy Seat, with a meditation on Oklahoma:  “It’s name first in English was Indian Territory, and then, for a short time, it was called two territories, Indian and Oklahoma–meaning both the same thing, a redundancy–and then, again, it is one.  The land book and held its Indian name, its…

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Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

In an author’s note, Diane Glancy tells of attending a performance of The Trail of Tears in Tahlequah in the late 1970s.  She later traveled along the route that thirteen thousand Cherokee followed in 1838 after being forced to abandon their farms in several Southeastern states.  These encounters with her father’s heritage set Glancy on an…

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The Oklahoma Experience: Re-Visions

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

This information is taken directly from the Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma website. America is the land of the second chance; one can always start over, somewhere else.  That’s our belief, even after the disappearance of the frontier.  As one of the last states to join the Union, Oklahoma has many stories of new beginnings.  It was…

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Community Survey

By Lisa V | December 20, 2018

The library uses the information from the survey to plan collection development, classes, programs, and community activities.  Your opinions matter to us!  The survey is available on our website, on the City of Blackwell website, Facebook, and we have paper & pencil surveys available at the library. Complete the survey now by following this link: …

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Tablets Available Through Grant

By Lisa V | November 19, 2018

Blackwell Public Library announces the purchase of new tablets for use by customers through the Edge Technology Grant which awarded the library over $4500 for the new technology.  Financial assistance for the special project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  The…

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November is Native American Heritage Month

By Lisa V | November 13, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month and the library has some awesome titles featured on the display!  The following authors spoke at the Oklahoma Book Festival. Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero is written by Devon Misehuah.  Ms. Misehuah is a member of the Choctaw Nation and is Cora Lee Beers Price…

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