Tulsa City-County Library
The library system serves those who live, work, go to school in, own land in, or pay property taxes on land in Tulsa County. There are 25 branches in the system: Bixby, Broken Arrow, Brookside, Central, Charles Page, Collinsville, Genealogy, Glenpool, Hardesty Regional, Herman & Kate Kaiser, Jenks, Judy Z. Kishner, Kendall-Whittier, Martin Regional, Maxwell Park, Nathan Hale, Owasso, Peggy V. Helmerich, Pratt, Rudisill Regional, Schusterman-Benson, Skiatook, South Broken Arrow, Suburban Acres, and Zarrow Regional.
TCCL’s collection is composed of more than 1.7 million materials, including books, CDs, DVDs (in regular and Blu-ray formats), magazines, audio books, e-books and other formats. TCCL offers numerous services to the public including public use pcs and Wi-Fi at each library branch, a bookmobile, homebound delivery, the Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, meeting rooms, and reference support via telephone, email, instant messaging, text messaging, Facebook, and Twitter.
TCCL also maintains specialized collections in some of its library branches. The Rudisill Regional Library houses the African-American Resource Center, the Central Library houses the American Indian Resource Center and the Foundation Center, and the Martin Regional Library houses the Hispanic Resource Center. Martin and Rudisill also both house the Plan4College Center to provide families and students with information about college.
TCCL was named as a “5 Star Library” by the publication “Library Journal]” in their “2009 Index of Public Library Service.” 
Public library service began in Tulsa County in the early 1900s. The first library was located in the basement of the Tulsa County courthouse. A Carnegie Library Grant for $12,500 was issued in 1904. The grant was raised to $42,500 in 1913 and to $55,000 in 1915. The original Carnegie Library in downtown Tulsa was demolished in 1965.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that what is today known as Tulsa City-County Library was born when, on November 14, 1961, an election was held in Tulsa County to approve “the expenditure of $3.8 million to construct a new Central Library and three branches, plus a 1.9-mill annual levy for funding the system.” Tulsa voters approved “a countywide system to consolidate metropolitan and suburban libraries the following fiscal year” [Thompson, 115]. The Tulsa City-County Library Commission “officially assumed control of the Library System on July 1, 1962, when the 1.9-mill levy went into effect” [Thompson, 119]. “To be absorbed into the consolidated system were the Broken Arrow Library, founded by the Self Culture Club in 1906 but operated by the city since 1929; the Collinsville Library, created by the Comedy of Errors Club in 1913 and converted into a Carnegie library in 1917; a library in Skiatook opened with WPA funds and operated by the City of Skiatook; and Page Memorial Library of Sand Springs” [Thompson, 121].
By 1963, there were 16 libraries operating within the system [Thompson, 125]. In 1975-76, four new libraries were opened while a fifth was completed: The North Regional Library, the Jenks Library, the Pratt Library, the Skiatook Library, and the Martin Regional Library [Thompson, 154-155]. On August 22, 1978, voters approved State Question 507 to enable an increase in the mill levy [Thompson, 157]. A bond passed on May 12, 1998, that allowed TCCL to expand 11 library branches, replace two, and renovate another eight. Today the system consists of a Central Library, four regional libraries, 19 branches, a genealogy center, a bookmobile and homebound delivery service, and a services center.
The Tulsa Library Trust, a privately funded public foundation, supports the Tulsa City-County Library. Among other activities, it gives out multiple literary awards.
Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author AwardEdit
The Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award has been awarded since 1985 to an "internationally acclaimed" author who has "written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters." The Helmerich Award consists of a US$40,000 cash prize and an engraved crystal book.
Past winners of the award are:
- 2017 Richard Ford
- 2016 Billy Collins
- 2015 Rick Atkinson
- 2014 Ann Patchett
- 2013 Kazuo Ishiguro
- 2012 Wendell Berry
- 2011 Alan Furst
- 2010 Ian McEwan
- 2009 Geraldine Brooks
- 2008 Michael Chabon
- 2007 Thomas Keneally
- 2006 Mark Helprin
- 2005 John Grisham
- 2004 not awarded
- 2003 Shelby Foote
- 2002 Joyce Carol Oates
- 2001 William Kennedy
- 2000 William Manchester
- 1999 Margaret Atwood
- 1998 E. L. Doctorow
- 1997 John Hope Franklin
- 1996 Neil Simon
- 1995 David McCullough
- 1994 Ray Bradbury
- 1993 Peter Matthiessen
- 1992 Norman Mailer
- 1991 Eudora Welty
- 1990 John le Carré
- 1989 Saul Bellow
- 1988 Toni Morrison
- 1987 John Updike
- 1986 Larry McMurtry
- 1985 Norman Cousins
Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' LiteratureEdit
The Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature has been awarded since 1991 to "nationally acclaimed authors who have made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children and young adults." The award consists of a US$7,500 cash prize and an engraved crystal book.
Winners of the award are:
- 2017 Laurie Halse Anderson
- 2016 Gordon Korman
- 2015 Sharon Draper
- 2014 Jack Gantos
- 2013 Jim Murphy
- 2012 Jacqueline Woodson
- 2011 Kathryn Lasky
- 2010 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- 2009 Christopher Paul Curtis
- 2008 Louis Sachar
- 2007 Kate DiCamillo
- 2006 Sharon Creech
- 2005 Avi
- 2004 Susan Cooper
- 2003 Russell Freedman
- 2002 Richard Peck
- 2001 E.L. Konigsburg
- 2000 Jerry Spinelli
- 1999 Jane Yolen
- 1998 Cynthia Voigt
- 1997 Gary Paulsen
- 1996 Walter Dean Myers
- 1995 not awarded
- 1994 Lois Lowry
- 1993 Katherine Paterson
- 1992 Madeleine L’Engle
- 1991 S.E. Hinton
American Indian Festival of Words Writers AwardEdit
Inaugurated in 2001, the American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award recognizes literary contributions of outstanding American Indian authors. It is the first and only award given by a public library to honor an American Indian author. The award is given by the Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa Library's American Indian Resource Center in odd-numbered years. Recipients receive a US$5,000 cash prize and an engraved crystal.
Winners of the award are:
American Indian Circle of Honor AwardEdit
Inaugurated in 2004, the American Indian Circle of Honor Award honors an American Indian for his/her achievements and contributions that have enriched the lives of others. Induction into the Circle of Honor is a celebration of the honoree’s actions in the face of adversity, commitment to the preservation of American Indian culture and legacy for future generations. The award is given by the Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa Library's American Indian Resource Center in even-numbered years. Recipients receive a US$5,000 cash prize and specially designed trophy.
Past winners of the award are:
Sankofa Freedom AwardEdit
The Sankofa Freedom Award is presented by the Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa Library's African-American Resource Center. Sankofa is a word from the Akan language, which is spoken in southern Ghana. Literally translated, sankofa means: “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.” The Sankofa Freedom Award consists of a US$7,000 cash prize and an engraved medallion. It is awarded in even-numbered years (usually in February during Black History Month) to a nationally acclaimed individual who has dedicated his or her life to educating improving the greater African-American community.
Past winners of the award are:
- Stanley, Tim. "Mildred Ladner Thompson 1918-2013: Former Tulsa World columnist witnessed history". Tulsa World. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- James D. Watts, Jr., "Novelist to receive 2013 Helmerich award", Tulsa World, March 24, 2013.
- Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature[permanent dead link] at Tulsa City-County Library website, retrieved May 24, 2009
- Rich Fisher,"A Chat with Laurie Halse Anderson, Winner of the 2017 Anne V. Zarrow Award", KWGS, May 4, 2017.
- James D. Watts Jr., "Author Gordon Korman's career started in seventh grade", Tulsa World, May 5, 2016.
- James D. Watts Jr., "Sharon Draper named 2015 Zarrow Award honoree", Tulsa World, November 28, 2014.
- "Jack Gantos to Receive 2014 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature", Tulsa World, December 15, 2013.
- "Jim Murphy wins 2013 Anne Zarrow Award", Tulsa World, February 10, 2013.
- "Library To Honor Oklahoma Screenwriter And Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo | Tulsa City-County Library". Tulsalibrary.org. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
- "Tulsa Library to Honor Choctaw Writer Tim Tingle", Native News Online, February 16, 2017.
- "Tulsa City-County Library to Honor Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Joseph Bruchac", Tulsa City-County Library, October 9, 2014.
- "Library to honor Oklahoma screenwriter and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo", Tulsa City-County Library (retrieved October 6, 2012).
- "Book ahead, Tulsa World, October 23, 2011.
- "Teaching love, preserving tradition: Tribal elder Sam Proctor has dedicated his life to teaching Creek customs." Tulsa People, March 2016.
- "Acclaimed Author & Actor to Receive Tulsa City-County Library's Sankofa Freedom Award" Archived 2012-01-18 at the Wayback Machine, TCCL News & Events, August 4, 2011.
- Jovana Poljasevic, "Tavis Smiley Coming To Tulsa For Sankofa Freedom Award", KOTV-DT, January 26, 2016.
- "Author, Community Activist Accepts Tulsa Freedom Award", KWTV-DT, February 8, 2014.
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- Thompson, Mildred Ladner. "Tulsa City-County Library: 1912-1991." Tulsa: Lion & Thorne Publishing, Ltd.