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WILSON RAWLS


On Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., FOLIO (Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma) dedicated a Literary Landmark™  honoring the late Wilson Rawls, author of two beloved juvenile books: Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. Rawls’ mother was 1/64 Cherokee and he was born and raised in Cherokee County. The dedication, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Carnegie Room at the Tahlequah Public Library, 120 S. College Ave.


In his autobiography, Rawls wrote, “When I was about twelve years old, we moved out of the hills into the small town of Tahlequah. There I did manage to get a little more schooling. The day I discovered libraries, was one of the biggest days of my life. Practically all of my spare time was spent there. I read everything that I could get my hands on pertaining to creative writing. I didn’t just read books, I practically memorized them.”


The dedication took place during The Red Fern Festival April 29 and 30 in Tahlequah. The festival offers a good time for the whole family and features hound dog trials, food and craft vendors, music, and special activities for children. http://www.redfernfestival.com/


Master of Ceremonies for the dedication was Rob McClendon, Host and Executive Producer of Oklahoma Horizon television show.


FOLIO’s partners included the Tahlequah Public Library, Tahlequah Friends of the Library, the Cherokee Heritage Center, Oklahoma State University Library, Friends of the Oklahoma State University Library, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, World Literature Today, Kiwanis Club of Tahlequah, Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council, Tahlequah Community Foundation, Reading Tree Productions, Arvest Bank, Tulsa City-County Libraries, Oklahoma Horizon, Oklahoma State University Native American Student Association, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Tahlequah/Cherokee County Rotary Club, Northeastern State University Library, Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, Oklahoma Library Association, and Sophie Ann Styczinski Rawls. Funding is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed for this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.


Literary Landmarks™ are a national project of ALTAFF (Association of Libraries, Trustees, Friends, and Foundations), a division of the American Library  Association.

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/products_services/literarylandmarks/index.cfm


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