Fast Facts

“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: 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. 

Sankofa is a word from the Akan language which is spoken in southern Ghana. Literally translated, Sankofa means: "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
2006 - Michael Eric Dyson
2008 - Nikki Giovanni
2010 - Pearl Cleage
2012 - Hill Harper

Source Library Staff 

2001 - Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
2003 - Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
2005 - Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Peublo)
2007 - Carter Revard (Osage)
2009 - No Award Bestowed
2011 - LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
2013 - Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)

Source: Library Staff 


2004 - Charles Chibitty
2006 - Wilma Mankiller
2008 - Neal McCaleb
2010 - Billy Mills
2012 - Kirke Kickingbird

Source: Library Staff