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Aarone Corwin

Oklahoma Library Legends

Aaronson, Alfred

Anthony, Nancy

Bierman, Ken

Boies, Kay

Brawner, Lee

Brown, Ruth

Butcher, N.E.

Carnegie, Andrew Foundation

Clark, Bob

Clarke, Polly

Corwin, Aarone

Dale, Dorothea

Delaney, Oliver

Delphian Clubs and Societies

Dessauer, Phil

Dieterlen, Beverly

Dover, Leta

DuVall, Frances

Ellison, Sandy

Estes-Rickner, Bettie

Ferguson, Milton J.

Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)

Frasier, Sally Freeman

Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma

Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)

Friends of Tulsa City-County Library

Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan

Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation

Gorman, Edith

Hale, Kathy

Hand, Elsie

Hanway, Wayne

Hardesty, Roger & Donna

Helmerich, Peggy

Henke, Esther Mae

Hewey, Dell

Hinkle, John

Hinshaw, Marilyn

Johnson, Edward R.

Johnson, Jeanie

Keene, Jan

Kennedy, Frances

Lau, Ray

Laughlin, Mildred

Lester, June

Literary Clubs

Low, Edmon

Lowry, William (Bill)

Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)

Marable, Mary Hays

Martin, Allie Beth

Masters, Anne Rounds

McAnally, Arthur

McGlenn, Alma Reid

McVey, Susan

Miles, Ava

Miller, Gail

Miltimore, Cora

Morgan, Anne Hodges

Morris, Donna

Motter, Robert T., Jr.

Motter, Robert T., Sr.

Noble Foundation

Norberg, Lillian Born

Norvell, Donna

Parker, Mrs. J.C.

Patterson, Lotsee

Phelps, Edith Allen

Phillips, John & Vicki

Porter, Cora Case

Rader, Jesse

Ramsay, R.W.

Ratliff, Julia Brady

Ray, Dee Ann

Robbins, Louise S.

Rock, Marian

Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou

Sanders, Jan

Saulmon, Sharon

Segal, Bob & Pat

Sherman, Mary

Skvarla, Donna

Spriestersbach, Barbara

Staggs, Barbara

Sturdivant, Nan

Swisher, Robert

Thomas, Della

Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)

Tomberlin, Irma

Townsend, Mrs. Hosea

Troy, Forrest (Frosty)

Vesely, Marilyn

Weaver-Meyers, Pat

Wentroth, Mary Ann

Willingham, Gerry

Women's Federated Clubs

Women's Clubs of Oklahoma

Woodrum, Pat

Young, Bill

Zarrow, Henry & Anne

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The Library Profession has enriched my life by helping others. My career began as the Children’s Librarian of the Muskogee Public Library and the Children’s Services Coordinator for the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System. Traveling around EODL, and visiting all of the small public libraries was such an eye opener. My goal to improve libraries in Oklahoma became paramount. I established library media centers in the following school systems: Cashion (an elementary and junior/high), Eisenhower Elementary in Norman Public Schools, and Choctaw & Westfall Elementary Schools in the Choctaw / Nicoma Park School District. Teaching library skills and literature appreciation for grades K-6 was a priority. I also served as editor of the “School Library News” column in the Oklahoma Librarian.

As an adjunct Instructor of Library Science, I taught Children’s Literature at both Northeastern State College and the University of Oklahoma. I also served on the School of Library Science Visiting Committee for the University of Oklahoma.

As the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Book (affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book), the first Oklahoma Book Awards Ceremony was initiated. “National Young Readers’ Day” and “Year of the Young Reader” celebrations in Oklahoma were sponsored by the Center and involved 10,000 children in an internationally broadcast celebration of reading. I served on the Oklahoma State Literacy Commission and was the Co-founder and President of Literacy Link, a community literacy center serving Eastern Oklahoma County.

As a volunteer Chair of the Midwest City Library Advisory Board, I headed the campaign to fund a new regional branch library that now serves residents of Eastern Oklahoma County. Also, I was a member of the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System (MLS) Board of Directors and helped found Friends Of Libraries In Oklahoma. For two years, I chaired the MLS Book Sale.

It was my greatest honor to serve as the President of the Oklahoma Library Association and as Executive Director of OLA. With all of the technology at our fingertips, books still remain a passion for this former library media specialist and always will.

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