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Mrs. Trimmier Sloan Funk

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Aaronson, Alfred

Anthony, Nancy

Bierman, Ken

Boies, Kay

Brawner, Lee

Brown, Ruth

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DuVall, Frances

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Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)

Frasier, Sally Freeman

Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma

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Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan

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Gorman, Edith

Hale, Kathy

Hand, Elsie

Hanway, Wayne

Hardesty, Roger & Donna

Helmerich, Peggy

Henke, Esther Mae

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Johnson, Edward R.

Johnson, Jeanie

Keene, Jan

Kennedy, Frances

Lau, Ray

Laughlin, Mildred

Lester, June

Literary Clubs

Low, Edmon

Lowry, William (Bill)

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Marable, Mary Hays

Martin, Allie Beth

Masters, Anne Rounds

McAnally, Arthur

McGlenn, Alma Reid

McVey, Susan

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Morris, Donna

Motter, Robert T., Jr.

Motter, Robert T., Sr.

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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

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Woodrum, Pat

Young, Bill

Zarrow, Henry & Anne

Mrs. Funk became head librarian of the Carnegie Library of Shawnee in 1909, after first serving as secretary of the Library Board in 1903, prior to the opening in 1905. She served as President of the Oklahoma Library Association in 1917-18, 1918-19, and 1924-25.

A tragic fire consumed the building in 1927 and almost destroyed the structure. Mrs. Funk helped fight the fire and was injured trying to save important books and documents. She was devastated, but refused to “sit down and weep over the ashes of one’s dreams.”

Under her guidance, the building was rebuilt in 1930 and one again was able to serve the reading public. In 1928 the state legislature approved services to the county, so services were expanded and the library provided books for libraries in approximately 20 county schools. It also pioneered in offering story hours for children, free county service, children’s book week, and cooperation with schools of all types, including hourly classes for 30 to 60 junior high school students each day during the school year.

Such noted advancements were surely proud achievements for Mrs. Funk who loyally served the library until retirement in 1946. She rallied her staff with enthusiasm and determination through lean times when there was little or no money for purchasing of materials and supplies, and sometimes salaries. She was quoted in her annual library report of 1929 “While my greatest joy in library work has been in the opportunity for service, and in the realization that this service could not be measured, it has been a surprise that the results of this service so often come back to us.” If a library can be judged by the quality of its librarians, then the Carnegie Library of Shawnee was indeed a fine one.

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