The Oklahoma Center for the Book
The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) is a state affiliate of the Center
for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention
on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes
the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the
literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by
Oklahomans of all ages.
When the Library of Congress announced the granting of permission to
States to become part of their program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries
assembled an advisory group and wrote a proposal. The Oklahoma Center
for the Book became the fourth state center on February 28, 1986.
The Center is advised by a the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the
Book, volunteer board of directors from across
the state, and for over twenty years has sponsored the Oklahoma
Book Award program. Oklahoma Book Awards are given each year in fiction,
non-fiction, children/young adult, poetry, and design/illustration categories
for work written by an Oklahoman or about Oklahoma.
Along with the annual Book Awards, the Center honors an Oklahoman who
has contributed to the state's literary heritage by giving the Arrell
Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for Norman
historian Arrell Gibson, the Center's first
In addition to these activities, the Center brings readers and writers
of all ages together at libraries and bookstores across the state for
special events. The Center often supports other literary activities through
grants and staff assistance.
For more information or to join the Center for the Book, see
the contact information on the left column of this web page. For a PDF-format
membership form go
here (fill it out online, print it, and mail it in).
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