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Release Date: March 31, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Okla. – “To Kill a Mockingbird” transports readers to Alabama during the Depression; “Little Women” has readers following the lives of four sisters throughout the Civil War and “The Outsiders” has one caught in a rivalry between two groups and the internal battle of right and wrong.

Libraries serve as a gateway to these wondrous stories and more. Libraries highlight the importance of books to those who seek adventure, imagination and information.

The Chickasaw Nation celebrates the significance of libraries during National Libraries Week from Sunday, April 9, to Saturday, April 15, 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 and workshops are planned throughout the week. Visitors can also learn tips on using a research library and book preservation skills.

A special presentation “Share Our Vision … That All May Read” will be presented by Brian King, public information officer of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and Kevin Treese, library director of the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Their lecture will be Wednesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in the Holisso Research 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 informing 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 use the tribal library.

The Holisso Research Center at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road, 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

Last Updated: 09/16/2016