The following words are imbedded in the wall at the head of the staircase on the second floor of the Central Library and were written by American author, Clarence Day. The Central Library opened in June 1965.
The World of Books…
Is the most remarkable creation of man
nothing else that he builds ever lasts
civilizations grow old and die out
and after an era of darkness
new races build others
but in the world of books are volumes
that have seen this happen again and again
and yet live on
still as fresh as the day they were written
still telling men’s hearts
of the hearts of men centuries dead.
Dedicated June 1965
Source: Tulsa Tribune, May 22, 1965; Tulsa Tribune, June 29, 1965
“Twenty –first at Riverside”, the city’s first inner urban mural, was designed by Herb Robb, an artist of the Chilton Group. Located on the 4th Floor of the Central Library in the Research Center, the design is in the form of a mosaic, with 38,400 squares that form the bridge and its surroundings. Macs Abney volunteered to apply paint to each square – a task that took about eight months working nights and weekends – after his regular job which was painting outdoor signs. The mural was first introduced at a public viewing at 4pm on Tuesday, March 3, 1981. Contributors included: Ed Sutherland, Don-Rey Outdoor Advertising Company and Ben Floyd, Fourth National Bank.
Source: Tulsa World, February 27, 1981.
“Blue Lift 1999” was designed by Tulsa artist Linda Allen. Created on the north wall adjacent to the ground-level, south elevator, the mosaic is made up of tesserea, a blue, Italian glass tile. Allen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from the University of Tulsa, and she began her career in ceramics and clay in 1981. Allen, who was assisted by her daughter-in-law, Katheryn Allen, also created mosaics for the Mayo Demonstration School, Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa Community College – West Campus, Utica Plaza Building, the Tulsa Zoo, and the Littlefield Office Building.
Source: Tulsa World, December 15, 1999, Midtown Tulsa Zone section, page 1.
Central Library and the regional libraries, i.e. Hardesty Regional, Martin Regional, Rudisill Regional and Zarrow Regional will open on Sunday, September 9, 2012, and will be open from 1 to 5 on Sundays through May 19, 2013 with the exception of December 16, 23 and 30, 2012, and March 31, 2013.
The summer 2013 schedule is as follows: Hardesty Regional, Martin Regional, Zarrow Regional and Rudisill Regional will be open Sundays June 2- August 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Source: Tulsa City-County Library Director's Office.
Bixby - 20,884
Broken Arrow - 98,850
Collinsville - 5,606
Glenpool - 10,808
Jenks - 16,924
Owasso - 28,915
Sand Springs - 18,906
Skiatook - 7,397
Sperry - 1,206
Tulsa - 391,906
For additional Oklahoma demographic information, please search the Department of Commerce's website under - Data & Research, Demographic & Population Data.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, 2010 Census. Verified, 6/12.
Access to Tulsa County Land Records is available to anyone for a subscription fee. Through the Tulsa County Clerk's Office one can arrange a subscription. The phone number is (918)596-5206.
It is possible to view some Land Records information for free using this web link: http://www.tulsalibrary.org/research/onlinedatabases.asp#T Just click on one of the links listed under "Tulsa County Land Records".
Source Tulsa County Clerk's Office and The Research Center of the Tulsa City County Library, Verified, 5/11.
Library supporters and a few distinguished guests dedicated NatureWork's wild turkeys monument which was placed near Central Library's Plaza Entrance at 5th and Denver. NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based group, provided funding for this project and dedicated the monument in honor of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The large bronze sculpture - named "Rio Grande Turkeys" and sculpted by Montana artist Ron Lowery - depicts three wild turkeys moving together through tall grass. The monument was dedicated on May 7, 2009, and the cost was roughly $45,000, plus another $8,000 for the work to erect the statue.
Source Library Staff; "Bear sightings getting closer", TW, 5/19/09, p.B3.
At the northeast corner of Central Library near the north entrance is a memorial walk-way and small garden area in honor of Charles Norman, a local attorney and long-time library supporter. Mr. Norman donated hours of legal service to the library and was one of the architects of the "1% for art" ordinance that requires new public building budgets to include 1% of construction costs for the purchase of art. The memorial was designed by Carl Szafranski of Szafranski-Pugh & Associates, Inc., with the middle piece of the mosaic showcasing the letter N for Norman. The blue tile paving pieces create a terrazzo walkway that matches blue tile inside Central Library.
Source Library staff; "Timeless Contribution", TW, 1/10/09; Verified, 9/11.
Central Library construction was completed in 1965. W.C. Roads was the engineer and W.R. Grimshaw was the general contractor. With built-in equipment, the building cost $1,864,111 or $13.76 per square foot. The total cost was $2,735,269. The building had: 135,443 square feet of gross floor area with room to expand another 65,000 square feet; open shelf capacity for 265,000 volumes; closed stack and storage capacity for 250,000 more volumes.
Source Tulsa City-County Library 1912-1991, Okt 027.476686 L125t 1992.
1985 - Norman Cousins
1986 - Larry McMurtry
1987 - John Updike
1988 - Toni Morrison
1989 - Saul Bellow
1990 - John Le Carre
1991 - Eudora Welty
1992 - Norman Mailer
1993 - Peter Matthiessen
1994 - Ray Bradbury
1995 - David McCullough
1996 - Neil Simon
1997 - John Hope Franklin
1998 - E. L. Doctorow
1999 - Margaret Atwood
2000 - William Manchester
2001 - William Kennedy
2002 - Joyce Carol Oates
2003 - Shelby Foote
2004 - No Award Bestowed
2005 - John Grisham
2006 - Mark Helprin
2007 - Thomas Keneally
2008 - Michael Chabon
2009 - Geraldine Brooks
2010 - Ian McEwan
2011 - Alan Furst
2012 - Wendell Berry
2013 - Kazuo Ishiguro
Source: Library Staff