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Cushing Public Library Suffers Earthquake Damage

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The 5.0 quake that hit the Cushing area the evening of Sunday, November 6, damaged dozens of buildings in the city’s downtown area, including the Cushing Public Library.

The area was closed off for a couple of days, and ODL was unable to get through via phone before Veterans Day arrived, when state government offices were closed. So, we didn’t get a chance to check in with library director La Dawn Conner until Monday, November 14.

“On the whole, we’re very blessed,” Conner said. “It’s just the building we’re worried about. This is a 1939 building, so we’re very concerned about the air quality.”

From the photos the library shared (at left), you can see cracks in the library’s walls, masonry, and floor. Debris rained down from the ceiling and walls. Office furniture and bookshelves were knocked over.

Conner said an insurance adjuster had been in to look at the damage, but engineers have not made it to the building yet.

“We’ve been a low priority because the city had so many infrastructure problems that had to be taken care of first. This weekend, everybody began getting back to normal and have started to ask about the library.”

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Meet Reading Roundup Author Hannah Harrison

harrisonAda Children’s author and illustrator Hannah E. Harrison joins this year’s DoubleR Author Tour on October 18 in Tishomingo. Harrison, who received the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award in Illustration for the book Extraordinary Jane, will be visiting schools and public libraries in Tishomingo, Antlers, Stratford, Duncan, and Pauls Valley during her two weeks on the road.

In addition to her Oklahoma Book Award win for Jane, she was also a 2016 finalist in the children’s category for Bernice Gets Carried Away. Both books, plus her latest—My Friend Maggie—will be available for sale at all of her DoubleR events.

Prior to her Reading Roundup debut, we had a chance to talk with Harrison about her illustrative art, her writing, and how the two fit together.

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Meet Reading Roundup Author Roy Deering

deeringOklahoma’s second Reading Roundup kicks off October 3rd and 4th in Mustang with Young Adult author Roy Deering, 2015 Oklahoma Book Award winner for his very first work, Finders Keepers. Roy will be visiting schools and public libraries in Mustang, Antlers, Perkins, Enid, and Yukon during the next month as part of the 2016 DoubleR author tour.

More than 1900 people attended the events during the 2015 tour. Sponsors for this year’s tour are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), Best of Books, the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To get ready for the big tour, we asked Deering some questions to learn more about him, and about his acclaimed first YA novel, the story of a town turned upside down by the discovery of a cache of  old baseball cards.

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Here Comes the Fall!

The calendar says Fall begins on September 22, but let’s get real. All the kids have gone back to school and those lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer are pretty much over. The period between Labor Day and the start of the holidays is one of the most active times for Oklahoma’s library community. Here’s a rundown of opportunities and events…

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Summer Winners, Fall Classes, and More!

Hot news from ODL… quite appropriate on such a hot day! In our first “In Brief” posting on the Wright News:

Congrats to Young Winners in the Summer Newspaper Contest
Enrollment Opens for Fall Certification Classes
Oklahoma Book Award Announces Call for Entries
Next Literary Landmark Honors a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Summer Readers Score!

Summer Newspaper Contest Winner Julianne R. of Oklahoma City.
Julianne R. of Oklahoma City shows off her new Kindle E-reader, the grand prize in the Summer Reading Newspaper Contest, sponsored by The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition. Julianne is pictured with Ashley Howard, Bailey Huntsman, Angela Meade, and Brooke Marley.

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