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@your library Volume XXVI Number Two


Winter 2018

Former TU president to speak at Kickoff event by Norman Bryant


riends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Donaldson, Trustees Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa, will be this year’s speaker at the Great Decisions Kickoff. Dr. Donaldson earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is a former president of the University of Tulsa. His areas of interest include international politics with emphasis on Soviet, Russian and American foreign policies. He will bring interesting insights into today’s relationship between the US and Russia. His talk, Putin’s Push to Restore Russia’s ‘Great Power’ Status: The Global Impact will take place at Central Library’s Aaronson Auditorium beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27. Great Decisions is a nationwide program developed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). It is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The national program, with tens of thousands of participants each year, has been in existence for over 50 years. The non-profit Foreign Policy Association which is non-political and non-partisan has as its aim to develop an informed citizenry regarding foreign affairs and America’s possible policy strategies.

GREAT DECISIONS KICKOFF Sunday, Jan. 27 | 2:30 p.m.


Learn more about the Great Decisions program, connect with a discussion group and pick up program materials at a discounted cost.

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Each year FPA develops a briefing book to provide background and to guide the discussions. A video is also made available as well as additional material at the FPA website ( Eight topics are discussed, chosen for their importance and timeliness. This year’s topics are: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East: Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding US-China Trade, The US and Mexico: Partnership Tested, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The briefing book will be available at the Kickoff for $22 ($10 below the list price). There are currently eight active discussion groups in Tulsa; their meetings will begin in late January and early February. If you are interested in joining a group, representatives from each group will be available to answer your questions after Dr. Donaldson’s talk. For many years Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries (FOL) has been the local sponsor of the Great Decisions series. FOL assists groups by ordering materials, distributing information about Great Decisions to local libraries and bookstores, providing support to the groups and group leaders and by hosting the annual Kickoff.

Central Library Aaronson Auditorium

President's Podium: Library employees are "all in"

Dr. Robert Donaldson will speak on Putin's Push to Restore Russia's 'Great Power' Status at the Great Decisions Kickoff event.

For additional information you may contact Great Decisions committee chair Norman Bryant at 

Travels With Tulsans begins in January page 3

TCCL launches new website page 3

Spotlight: Bixby Library page 6

PRESIDENT’S PODIUM Library employes are "all in"


ertainly among the greatest privileges of being a Friends board member is attending the annual Staff Development Day for library staff. I wish I could share the passion in the air that day, so that you too would hold the immense pride for your library system that we feel. While all libraries were closed to the public on a federal holiday in October, librarians and staff gathered at Central Library. They plan all year for this day—fun activities together, awards to honor the best work of the year, mini-sessions to learn new and innovative practices, and a speaker to help recharge their enthusiasm.

on what the four tenets of BE ALL IN mean to them while on the job: Be Authentic, Be Creative, Be Transparent, and Be Intentional. Talks were so inspirational, lots of applause and “woo-hoos” followed.

This year the theme was “Greatest Library on Earth” with circus memorabilia and a ringmaster (HR Manager Gary Cathey, dressed like Hugh Jackman in a recent movie you may have seen.) Next to speak, TCCL CEO Kim Johnson discussed the library's new culture statement, chosen by input from staff, which is BE ALL IN. Four staff members each gave a 5-minute talk

Four librarians were honored with “Rave Reviews” for exceptional work: Jessica Sanchez, who works with teens; Mary Moore, who works in research; Joy Carr, a children’s librarian, and Heather Lozano, teen and youth associate. The projects they contributed were outstanding and brilliant. Seven others were awarded a “Standing Ovation” prize: Mary Green,

A tribute to Cindy Hulsey


ulsa City-County Library and Tulsa's literary community lost a dear friend in Cindy Hulsey, former TCCL employee and cofounder of Magic City Books, who passed away September 19. She will be missed.

"Your brains like reading. It lets us experience life... I think it makes us better people." —Cindy Hulsey


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Keynote speaker was the director of the Cleveland, Ohio library system. He recognized that we are to be “The Great Equalizer” in our community, offering solutions to those in search of knowledge, without cost or exclusivity or judgment. We can tell many wonderful library stories of doing just that, and we should tell them to everyone! Sharing the good that happens will make our communities better and better.

Danielle Howard, Becky Leedy, Lynsy Patterson, Donna Scott, and Rachel Thompson. Alex McCoy won the Nita Mitchell Outstanding Service Award. Each was selected for great work done all year. I want to get to know all the amazing people who work at our libraries, and I hope you get to know them too. They are ALL IN....for us. I'll see you at the library! 

Sherry Leslie 2018-2019 President, Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries

Introducing our new look!


fter more than a few years with our previous logo, you may have noticed that we recently rolled out a brand new look! The Board of Directors undertook the task of carefully considering and selecting a new logo that would, 1. Represent the organization well, and 2. Better identify us with Tulsa City-County Library, which went through its own rebranding process a few years ago. The result is a fresh, colorful new logo that we think accomplishes those goals and that members and library patrons will quickly associate with the Friends. Our thanks go out to our friends at Langdon Publishing for generously donating the color printing of this newsletter issue so we could introduce you to our look in style! 

NOTEWORTHY NEWS TCCL launches new website by Carolyn McClure


igital changes are often met with a headache. Just when you have figured out some web feature, it is replaced by something new requiring time and patience to figure it out. Conversely, you may have noticed something refreshingly uncomplicated when logging onto the new Tulsa City-County Library website. The site is easy to navigate, intuitive (it seems to know what you want to do before you do!), capable of advanced searches, and viewable on any device screen. Recently, Kiley Roberson, Chief Strategy Officer and website project manager, explained how and why this updated website came about. WHEN? The website project started in January, 2018, and the new site launched on October 11.

The new homepage features simplified navigation options and highlighted library happenings.

WHY? The previous website had not been updated in several years, wasn’t using responsive design technology, and was built in an outdated version of TCCL’s content management system. The overall function was weak and dated. Time for a reboot!

FUTURE? In this ridiculously fast paced digital world, how will TCCL keep up with the times? There is now an ongoing dedicated team who will keep the website fresh by updating content and media. As Ms. Roberson says, “We want the site to be a living and breathing thing—constantly changing, growing, and evolving to meet the needs of our customers. We’ll be continually checking the analytics behind the site to see where the majority of our traffic is moving and work to make those areas a key focus.”

HOW? The project was a collaborative process that began with a user study and interviews to discover all the pain points. The next step was to establish a website committee to review and implement all the needed changes. Finally usability testing finetuned the various elements.

Thanks to Kiley Roberson and her entire team for this much improved website! 

Travels With Tulsans will take you to destinations near and far


he 2019 Travels with Tulsans series begins on Wednesday, January 30 with George Moudry sharing his travels to Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. February 6 will feature Havasu Falls and the People of the Blue Green Water. The waterfall is a hidden gem, just outside the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai People, or "People of the Blue Green Water," host yearly limited tourism, hiking into the tribe's ancestral grounds and seeing Havasu Falls itself. Our presenter is Brandon Caruso, who lives in Tulsa, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and serves on boards concerned with Native American life. On February 13, Carla and Bernie Guzik share their travels in India. On February 20, Barbara McCrary takes us to Myanmar (formerly Burma). We finish the series on February 27, with Cinda Benton, professional wildlife photographer. She will show us Beautiful States of Mind, highlighting Oregon, Colorado, and other western states, as well as North Carolina. She will include tips on how to shoot the best photos of the magnificent scenes we enjoy.

Havasu Falls

The programs last from 12:10 -12:50 p.m. in the Aaronson Auditorium at Central Library. Anyone who wishes to do so may bring their own lunch. 

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National Friends Week marked with gift to library


ational Friends of Libraries Week was celebrated locally on October 23. Preceding author Douglas Miller’s fascinating lecture on his book, 4th & Boston: Heart of the Magic Empire, Friends president, Sherry Leslie, awarded Tulsa City-County Library Youth Services a check totaling $1,000. The donation is earmarked for National Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 2, 2019. This event will be celebrated at approximately ten TCCL branches. Youth Services will be able to purchase program materials and giveaways for the enjoyment of library patrons and their children who attend this special day. 

Clockwise from top: Douglas Miller signs copies of his book for guests; Books Sandwiched In chair Laurie Brumbaugh, Friends president Sherry Leslie, Douglas Miller and Friends Week chair Debbie Grillot; Kiley Roberson, Chief Strategy Officer, accepts a check from Sherry Leslie.

Bountiful book clubs


by Sherry Leslie

tart your reading year off right with a Book Club Party! On Monday, January 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Hardesty Library (8316 E 93rd St) librarians will host a New Year kickoff party to talk about book clubs for adults. Details about every book club in the library system will be shared, as well as ideas that will help improve other groups meeting in churches, retirement facilities, private homes and businesses. If you're already in a library book club, come to meet people in clubs and exchange ideas. If you are not in a group, this event will aid you in finding a perfect one! TCCL branches now host about fourteen book groups, meeting on almost every day of the week. There will be information about the format of each club, what books they have discussed in 2018, and what titles are planned for the future. Discussion questions about the book and extra information about the author are usually provided to the group, enhancing the whole experience. Come to connect with the current book group participants in your community and hear from librarians about their latest and greatest reads. Light refreshments will be provided as well as a book raffle and other activities.


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Largely recognized as Tulsa’s earliest book club still in existence is the Tuesday Book Club. It began in 1905, with about six women who called themselves a Literary Club, and has evolved through these 113 years as a continuous group of women who want to learn more and help their community do the same. Today, at each meeting, one member shares a 30-minute description of a book she enjoyed reading, then a different member shares a brief talk on any topic that will interest and educate the group. Many of the members have been dear friends for years. Through the years they have not only read together, but contributed their money, leadership skills, and hand labor to starting other cultural groups, such as the YWCA, singing and music clubs, the first library, the first Parent Teacher Association, helping with war efforts and Red Cross when needed, and giving college scholarships to young people in Tulsa. The Tuesday Book Club has been honored by local institutions such as the Tulsa City-County Library, the Oklahoma Library Association, and the Tulsa Historical Society for the contributions the group has made. And they still enjoy each other's company on Tuesdays while sharing a love of books and learning a little something new. 

Adult Creative Writing Contest


he 42nd annual Adult Creative Writing Contest sponsored by Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries kicks off February 1 and ends April 1. Writers of poetry, short stories, essays, and children’s fiction are invited to submit their original manuscripts. Contestants may be published, but should submit only unpublished works. The contest is open to any person 18 years old or older who resides, works, or attends school in Tulsa County, or has a nonresident Tulsa City-County Library card. We're giving out MORE prize money this year! First place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $125 and a certificate. Second place winners will receive a cash prize of $75 and a certificate. Those who receive honorable mention will receive a $10 gift card and certificate. The entries are judged anonymously and the decisions are based on content, originality, and quality of

Mr. Henry's Books selection named


by Karen Smith

ne Crazy Summer by Rita WilliamsGarcia has been chosen as the 2019 Mr. Henry’s Book. This book views the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of three young African-American sisters. Upper elementary and middle school teachers attending a special workshop will receive 50 copies of One Crazy Summer, lesson plans, and an opportunity to win a classroom visit by Williams-Garcia when she comes to Tulsa on May 3 to receive

expression. All winners will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony on May 11. The ceremony will be held in the Aaronson Auditorium, Central Library, 400 Civic Center. Comprehensive rules and entry forms will be available at all Tulsa City-County libraries and at beginning late January. 

the Tulsa City-County Library’s Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature. The Educator Workshop will be on February 9, from 9–11 a.m., at the Central Library. Registration (required) is $10, payable by mail or online.


The legacy of Mr. Henry’s books is best chronicled by Lynn Peacher in her 2014 newsletter article, “Casting a Giant Shadow.” Lynn knew the Zarrows and was well aware of their advocacy for placing books in the hands of all children in Tulsa. It is common knowledge that Anne and Henry Zarrow’s family partnership has donated millions to change the face of poverty, health, and education for Oklahoma’s neediest. Lynn relates how Henry and Anne worked together: “When Anne saw a need in the community, she would simply place a note or newspaper clipping by Henry’s plate at breakfast. He then knew he had a job to do, and he did it. There would be no publicity.” Once when Lynn asked Henry what his job was that week, he replied, “Well, last week it was for playground equipment for an elementary school. I don’t have my Henry Zarrow, "Mr. Henry", left an enduring legacy through the marching orders yet this week!” Zarrow family's ongoing contributions to early literacy in Tulsa.

“Because of Anne’s love of children and literacy, the Zarrows endowed the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature in give recognition to accomplished authors in children’s literature and bring them to Tulsa to share with children...At the end of the (award) ceremony each year Mr. Henry came to the author’s book sales table with his checkbook…to buy all the unsold books for needy children. From this generous gesture, a new program was born, Mr. Henry’s Books, which provided a copy of one of the winning author’s books to students of 100 participating teachers.” Lynn was one of those recipient teachers and recounts a poignant story about one of her children who had never owned a book of his own, was a challenged reader, and was thrilled with his new treasure. Years later he paid Lynn a surprise visit at school and read her a page from his tattered copy of Mr. Henry’s book. He told her, “I always knew I would learn to read because Mr. Henry believed I could!” That’s just one example among many untold stories of the legacy of Mr. Henry’s Books. In 2003, Mr. Henry’s Books was joined by Books to Treasure, a program that gives a book to every second grader in Tulsa County. Combined, the programs have given out nearly 200,000 books across Tulsa County. As Lynn said, “The Zarrows understood that reading is a gift for life.” How lucky are the children of Tulsa County to be gifted with treasures from the givers they never knew. 

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Spotlight: Bixby Library


by Debbie Cogan

everal years ago, during a visit to Tulsa, I accompanied my grandchildren to the Bixby Library for story time. As we approached the library I was struck by the charm of the area which was reinforced when we stepped through the library doors. Bright and colorful inside and out, the Bixby Library immediately makes you feel welcomed by their cozy atmosphere. Moby, the blue Betta fish, is waiting to greet you in his role of the official library pet and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Melissa Smith is the site manager and has been at Bixby for two and a half years but her career with the library system stretches over 28 years with previous roles at Glenpool, Central and Hardesty. I had a lovely visit with Melissa who shared that she is “willing to try anything once” and works hard to build connections with the local community to draw people to the library. She is assisted by five part time staff members like Katie Hanisch who is the teen associate. I had the opportunity to see some of the creative projects that Katie implemented such as Pour Art and String Art. She has organized a Harry Potter birthday program and started a Teen Manga Club which meets

TCCL's new Zone Service Model is in action at Bixby Library, with self-service kiosks and a smaller circulation desk.

Central Library parking changes


f you haven't visited Central Library recently, you may not be aware of new parking guidelines that were initiated on November 1.



The parking garage is now managed by American Parking, not library personnel. An attendant will be on duty to assist you and collect parking fees. Leave your parking stub in your car! You'll no longer need to have it validated inside. You will receive two free hours of parking based on the time stamp on your ticket. A fee schedule for additional hours is posted, and begins at $3.

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Bixby Library, situated at 20 E. Breckenridge Ave. in downtown Bixby, provides an array of services and programs. monthly. Drawing teenagers into a library can be a challenge but these projects and groups have increased teen attendance significantly. A number of local businesses and non-profit agencies team up with the Bixby Library in events like the annual Touch-ATruck at Charley Young Park, a popular kick off to the Summer Reading Program. Children have the opportunity to climb on and explore a fire truck, helicopter, police car, and a PSO bucket truck, to name just a few, as they sign up for summer reading. Participation has doubled during the past year for this event. Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch has hosted story time for 3 years now for all ages. They also donate small pumpkins for children to paint at the branch Halloween Party. Doc’s Country Market donates sugar cookies at Christmas and the library remains open late after the local Christmas parade for cookie decoration and crafts. And, yes the branch has a float in the parade! If you enjoy history, you will find programs of interest at the Bixby Library. I attended a very interesting program on the history of Bixby this summer and in September a presentation was given by the Osage tribe about their history. The Bixby Historical Society has a display in the library that changes monthly. The current display is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I focusing on Flanders Field and recognizing the service of Bixby residents during the war. The Bixby Library was first built in 1963, back in the early days of the library system. Initially it was only the size of the current meeting room but was expanded in 1985 and renovated in 2002. Another nod to the history of the branch is the display in the original portion of the building of photographs of the early library and its founders. Over the years as the library grew, new programs for children were added in partnership with local schools, a cozy computer nook for public use was created, and book clubs were started. The newest book club held the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. is perfect for working patrons and there is also one on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. To find out what they are reading and make plans to join them, you can contact the Bixby Library staff at 918.549.7516. 

Membership In Action: Scholarships

Scholarships awarded


by Carolyn McClure

hree times each year the Friends of TCCL Scholarship Committee identifies several TCCL staff members as lucky recipients of scholarship money to help them complete their undergraduate degree plans. Distributions are in summer, fall, and spring semesters consisting of $7,000 divided into three portions. The process is described below. First TCCL Human Relations Manager, Gary Cathey, advertises the availability of Friends of the Library scholarship money throughout TCCL staff. Then interested staff members fill out a Request Form that requires their name, library position, length of TCCL employment, name of college and classes they will be taking, and why FOL scholarship money would benefit them. Also required is a written TCCL supervisor recommendation. After completed forms are returned to Cathey, he sends them to the Scholarship Committee and speaks to them about the applicants. The committee then decides who the qualifying recipients are. Before money is distributed by the Friends, students must provide their official college transcript confirming they passed their classes. Then the designated funds are distributed to the very deserving staff members!

"I want to thank the Friends for their many years of support of staff through the scholarship program. These scholarships have been a resource for library staff to advance in the profession and gain additional knowledge to better serve the 21st century library user."

—Kimberly Johnson, TCCL CEO

Congratulations to the summer semester recipients! Marie Nord, Reference Customer Service Associate at Hardesty Regional Library. Marie is seeking a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management at Oral Roberts University. Jennifer Parrish, Customer Service Associate at Hardesty Regional Library. Jennifer is seeking an associate's degree in Journalism/Mass Communications at Tulsa Community College. Eric Tackett, Customer Service Associate at Central Library’s Children’s Department. Eric is seeking a bachelor's degree at Tulsa Community College. 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS Join or renew today!


hearty "thank you" to all the Friends who have contributed to our annual membership drive since July. We currently stand at 81% of our membership goal. That’s $10,545 toward funding all the incredible programs Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries supports, like staff scholarships. We’re getting close, and YOU can help us meet (or exceed) our goal by joining or renewing YOUR membership today!


Raised: $10,545

Goal: $13,000



When YOU renew your membership or become a new Friend by December 31….YOU will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Magic City Books gift card. Lifetime Members—you'll be entered as well when you make a donation in any amount!

We’ve made it easy for YOU to renew or join Friends. Mail us a check using the enclosed membership envelope, or pay by credit card by visiting and clicking the online payment link. You’ll complete a membership form and then be directed to PayPal to enter your payment information.

Congratulations to our previous drawing winner, Andrea Kunkel, who won two tickets to the Helmerich Author Award Dinner!

Not sure if you’ve renewed this year? Contact Tara Farrar at 918.549.7419 or 

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SERVICE SPOTLIGHT 400 Civic Center Tulsa, OK 74103 918.549.7419

Editor: Carolyn McClure Contributors: Norman Bryant, Debbie Cogan, Sherry Leslie, Karen Smith, Julie Wenger Watson Layout: Tara Farrar Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries (FOL) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to aid and promote the activities and goals of the Tulsa City-County Library. Its newsletter, @your library, is published for members four times a year.

2018-19 OFFICERS Sherry Leslie, President Marian Sexton, 1st Vice President Michael Nesser, 2nd Vice President Norman Bryant, Treasurer Laurie Brumbaugh, Assistant Treasurer Dorothy Minor, Recording Secretary Lynn Peacher, Corresponding Secretary Debbie Grillot, Past President


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by Julie Wenger Watson

very student—and every parent—knows the struggle. The school day is over, but the work has just begun. Essays loom and equations menace as the clock ticks away and the frustration mounts. Fortunately, the Tulsa City-County Library’s free After-School Homework Club (ASHC) is here to help. With ASHC, students in grades 3-8 can receive up to 30 minutes of homework assistance each week at one of six library locations: Brookside, Broken Arrow, Martin Regional, Maxwell Park, Suburban Acres and Central. The service is provided from September through May each year. To participate in the program, students must have a library card and submit a completed Registration and Consent form. Once approved, students bring their homework assignment, books and any supplies necessary to complete the assignment to their scheduled appointments where they work one-to-one, or in small groups, with a Homework Coach. ASHC is a high demand program, and volunteers are always needed to serve as Homework Coaches. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, with a working knowledge of basic school subjects including reading, English, writing, science and mathematics. Computer and Internet literacy, as well as good writing skills, are also required. Volunteer coaches receive an orientation to the library resources and training on how to best support the students’ homework needs. Each ASHC library site has an employee-


Laura Bottoms Lynda Brownson Courtney Cooper Connie Cronley Doris Degner-Foster Rachel Ann Dennis Eldon Eisenach Catherine Gatchell Donna Goodman Gretchen Hannefield Kathleen Kastelic Hussien Khattab Rita Kirk Katy Livingston Carolyn McClure Cindy McDonald Brenda Michael-Haggard Melanie Nelson Elaine Olzawski Mary Olzawski Alex Paschal Richard Parker Glad Platner Janet Purinton Jan Reese Virginia Richard Karla Shahan Karen Smith Travis Splawn Sally Stewart Mack Vanderlip Julie Watson Cecilia Whitehurst Peggy Wolfe

Library offers homework blues solution


An After-School Homework Club coach assists a student. Six branches are host to Clubs, which offer weekly one-on-one or small group assistance. facilitator that works alongside the coaches. To apply to be a Homework Coach, complete the online library volunteer application on the library website: Additional educational resources are also available through the library. Mango, an online language learning system, offers interactive lessons using the voices of native speakers for close to 40 languages, including Cherokee. The Electric Library has full-text access to a variety of magazines, newspapers and reference books for the Arts, History, Science and other topics. Flashbulb allows you to create and share flashcards, tests and games. For more information and resources, visit the library’s website. With your library card, homework help is just a click away. 

2:30 p.m. | Central Library


TRAVELS WITH TULSANS Wednesdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 27

Find entry forms beginning late January at

12:10 p.m. | Central Library

HOLIDAY CLOSURES Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1-2, Jan. 21, Feb. 18. Holiday hours will be in effect Dec. 26, 27, 31. Visit for details.

Special thanks to Langdon Publishing for the printing of our Winter 2018 issue.

Friends of TCCL Winter 2018 Newsletter  

Enjoy the Winter 2018 issue of "@ your library" from Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.

Friends of TCCL Winter 2018 Newsletter  

Enjoy the Winter 2018 issue of "@ your library" from Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.