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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Our First Post: The Road to

ODL website announcementWelcome to the Wright News, a blog that will report on projects and programs of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, share news and views from the world of libraries, and post various and sundry other items of interest to our community. Our blog is named after our building on 200 N.E. 18th Street in Oklahoma City—the Allen Wright Memorial Library, which is named after the Choctaw Chief credited with coming up with the word “Oklahoma.”

The launch of our new blog coincides with the launch of ODL’s new website, located at, and these launches come one year after our new Online Media Manager,  Fara Taylor,  joined ODL to resuscitate our web and social media presences.

While the agency has developed and subscribed to a good number of online information services for our customers, the good ol’ ODL website was stuck in the 1990’s. It was like a member of the brat pack with left-over big 80’s hair walking onto a 21st century movie set. The styles had changed. We were out of date. It was time to cut off that big hair and get a new wardrobe.

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