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Release Date: April 02, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Imagine a place with rows of endless shelves filled to the brim with books waiting to transport readers into its pages. Libraries allow visitors to do just that.

Libraries highlight the importance of books to those who seek adventure, imagination and information. It provides a place for visitors to dive into historical fiction, biographies, mysteries, children’s novels and more.

The Chickasaw Nation celebrates the significance of libraries during National Libraries Week from Sunday, April 8, to Saturday, April 14, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the ALA and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Special activities are planned throughout the week. Browse the rare book collection and artifacts on display, enjoy storytelling, make-and-take crafts, special lectures and more.

All weeklong the Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library and the Holisso Research Center will accept book returns at no charge.

The Chickasaw Press will have books on display from noon until 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

The activities during the weeklong event are open to the public at no charge.

The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library and Holisso Research Center are two libraries situated in the Chickasaw Nation allowing individuals to broaden their understanding of Chickasaw history and culture, while introducing visitors to many other resources.

The Chickasaw Tribal Library, 1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, Oklahoma, has something for all ages. The circulation of books includes fiction, periodicals, children’s books, biographies, histories, magazines and general reference materials. Audiobooks and DVDs are also available.

A genealogist and a cultural research specialist are on staff for anyone interested in researching the Dawes Commission rolls for ancestors or to explore Chickasaw history and culture.

Chickasaw citizens and Chickasaw Nation employees living in the 74820 or 74821 zip code are eligible to obtain a library card. Genealogy and research services are open to all visitors at no charge.

The Holisso Research Center at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road, Sulphur, Oklahoma, includes a library with a large variety of books focusing on the Chickasaw Nation and other Native American tribes.

Dawes Commission rolls, historical records, cemetery records, government records and family files are also located within the center.

The center is open to anyone interested in digging deeper into Native American life, history and culture.

For more information, call 580-622-7130 or visit

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