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HAROLD KEITH

On May 3, 2015, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) dedicated the Norman Public Library Central as a Literary Landmark in honor of Harold Keith (1903-1998). Harold Keith authored children’s books, won the Newbery Award for “Rifles for Watie,” and he was the first Sports Information Director for the University of Oklahoma. The ceremony included music from the legendary Byron Berline Band, special exhibits and displays, and a reception. Michael Wallis, historian, biographer of the American West, speaker and voice talent served as emcee for the event. Special guests included Duke Keith, grandson of Harold Keith, speaking on behalf of the Keith family; Jay Wilkinson, son of legendary football coach (1947-1963) at the University of Oklahoma; and Molly Griffis, former bookstore owner and friend of Harold Keith.


Sponsors for Dedication were the Pioneer Library System, Friends of the Norman Library, FOLIO, United for Libraries, the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department, University of Oklahoma Press, Oklahoma Center for the Book, and Norman Arts Council.


The Norman Public Library is part of the Pioneer Library System. The Library has a permanent display honoring Harold Keith. The display includes his Newbery Medal, first editions of his books, and information about his life and legacy.