Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
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
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
John Hinkle’s school years were in Ponca City. Next came a Bachelor’s in Music Education
from Phillips University, followed by service in the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band in Washington
and the USAF Academy Band. John then got sidetracked from being a public school band director to
being in charge of a school library.
Hinkle’s first real library job was as the third person in forming a new library system in
Southeast Oklahoma. The other two people didn’t show up. So fresh out of library school he
had to hire 50 employees, locate 63 bookmobile stops, take the area from 3 libraries to 9 libraries
all on a quarter million dollar budget, plus deliver 4 successful county mill levy elections. With
the full help of ODL the task was accomplished in three years.
His next three years were spent as outreach consultant for ODL, ending as the department’s
Continuing Education Coordinator.
John has been OLA’s Secretary, Public Library Division President, Sequoyah Committee chair
and CE Coordinator for OLA.
A longtime member of CLENE, he accomplished his presidential goal of bringing CLENE/RT into ALA.
Honors include OLA’s Distinguished Service Award, OU Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Johnny
Appleseed Award for fostering Oklahoma literacy councils.
Early retirement let him go play as an Arts Council’s Artist in Residence for ten years. In
2007, he finishes fifty years of creating and performing puppet shows in Oklahoma libraries. An Irish
band and watercolor portraits are his present ventures.