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Marilyn Vesely

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

Marilyn Veseley Image

Since 1981 I have been involved with Oklahoma libraries, beginning with reference work and later as the first director of the Office of Public Information at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. This office published the Oklahoma Almanac and ODL Source. During this time ODL won five John Cotton Dana Awards from the American Library Association for state public relations campaigns like “Libraries for All of Us” and “Libraries, Because They’re Worth It.”

I served as Project Director for the Governor’s Conference on Libraries (1978) and the Oklahoma participation in the White House Conference On Libraries (1979). This included such things as locating and assisting volunteers, presenters and delegates, handling publicity and travel, and developing printed materials.

Other challenges were the planning and organization leading to the establishment of Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), The Oklahoma Center for the Book and the State Literacy Coalition. Highlights of the latter were the coordination of 90 Literacy Breakfasts held September 14, 1988 and presentation of tutor training workshops in libraries, prisons, vo-tech schools and tribal meeting houses.

I served a two-year term as treasurer of the Oklahoma Library Association and was honored to receive its Lifetime Distinguished Service Award in 1990.

Since my retirement I have kept active in library work, helping local Friends, affixing barcodes on books in Norman’s school libraries, and established a 4,000 book library in the Norman Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center. I tutor adult new readers, and am a dedicated library user.

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