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…
Fall classes and continuing education opportunities are taking off! ODL Computer Lab classes, public librarian certification classes, and webinars on Digital Prairie’s EBSCO databases are all kicking off this month. Click the links below to register for these training opportunities.
Register for Computer/App classes
Register for Certification classes
Register for Training Webinars on EBSCO database
Celebrate YA and Kids’ Lit
Sequoyah Book Awards Week begins September 12 in The Oklahoman and at the Newspapers in Education website. On the site, click “Curriculum” and search for “Sequoyah.” You’ll get the latest lessons and activities for 2016 (after September 12), plus access to program and activity ideas from the four previous years. School libraries and classrooms that ordered the Sequoyah posters will receive them during the first half of October. ODL will mail copies of the posters to public libraries.
The Second DoubleR Author Tour is this October! Oklahoma Book Award winning author Roy Deering and Oklahoma Book Award winning illustrator Hannah Harrison will be bringing the Reading Roundup to select schools and libraries. Check out the schedule to see if they’ll be in your neck of the woods!
The 2016 Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books will be held on October 27 at Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow Campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet award-winning author and illustrator Don Tate, and Young Adult authors PJ Hoover and Lauren Myracle. This biennial Oklahoma Library Association event has become a “must” for many of the state’s children’s/young adult librarians and educators.
Celebrate a Literary Landmark
Enid Public Library is the place to be on Saturday, September 17. Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) will officially dedicate Oklahoma’s latest National Literary Landmark at 2 p.m. on that day, honoring Pulitizer-Prize-winning author and historian Marquis James.
See you at Encyclo-Media!
The Oklahoma Technology Association and partners host this year’s Encyclo-Media Conference on October 4 and 5 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. This annual gathering is a premiere event for school IT and library media professionals. ODL will have a booth there to help educators with the statewide reference databases, and to give away posters and Oklahoma Almanacs. We hope to see you there!
Writing Contests for Young People
ODL and OLA continue their partnership with Freedom of Information Oklahoma to host and annual First Amendment Congress and Essay Contest for high school students. Deadline for the essay contest is October 5, and there are cash prizes for the top three essays, and gift cards for seven honorable mentions. Plus… keep your eyes peeled for information on the next Letters About Literature competition. Information on the 24th annual LAL contest, to be sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, will be out soon. We’ll keep you posted!