Portal Mini Face Time Project. This project is a part of the Healthy Living – Healthy Lifestyles partnership with the GPLC and S.W.R.E.

It is funded in part by a grant from the Southwest Rural Electric Operation Round Up program that receives monthly contributions from its members used to support charitable projects that benefit communities in SWRE service area. This project was also made possible thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with federal funding from the Institute of Museum of Libraries.

Portal Mini
Portal Mini

The grant funds enabled us to purchase the Portal Minis as a means of communication between residents and family members of the Assisted Living and Nursing centers during the COVID19 restrictions. We are pleased that this project will have a positive impact during this stressful time by alleviating the added stress from the isolation among older citizens and their families. Magnolia Creek Skilled Nursing & Therapy and Tamarack Assisted Living have started utilizing the portals allowing the residents to visit with their families virtually.

Citizenship Corner

The Hollis Public Library has updated the Citizenship Corner with new technology that is to be utilized by individuals studying for the citizenship test or applying for residency in the U.S.

The USCIS website has study materials, practice tests, and the capability to print the citizenship and residency applications free of charge.

The applications can be completed and submitted online to expedite the process.

The purchase of this technology was made possible thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with federal funding from the Institute of Museum of Libraries.


The Great Plains Literacy Council is now accepting applicaton for the Literacy Program Coordinator.



Job Summary: Directs and administers an active volunteer literacy program including: recruiting tutors and learners, conducting training workshops, providing on-going tutor/learner support, program promotion, grant writing and supervision. This is a 20 hour per week position located at the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred.

To Apply: Please send a letter of application, complete resume, and contact information for three professional references to:
Great Plains Literacy Council
Search Committe
421 N Hudson
Altus, Ok 73521
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Weekly Themes and Crafts

June 9th
June 16th
June 23rd
July 7th
July 14th
July 21st

“A Hero’s Journey” – Knight Shield
“A New Twist on an Old Tale” – Origami Rabbit
“Common Threads” – Magic Wand
“Magical Creatures” – Unicorn Slime
“Once Upon a Time” – Wizard Hats
“Timeless Tales” – DIY Crown

  ***SPECIAL NOTICE*** to all residents of Jackson and Harmon counties. The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly as are the recommended guidelines for Social Distancing and the Safer-at-Home extended dates.
    Your Library Card, issued through the Southern Prairie Library System libraries, gives you access to all of the on-line resources available 24/7 through the library.
    If you don’t have a library card and are a resident of Jackson or Harmon County –

YOU may apply for an on-line card NOW to get a temporary card number and start using the on-line resources immediately, while the libraries are closed.


    When the libraries re-open you will be asked to come to the Altus or Hollis library with your ID and proof of residency to receive your permanent card.

Step 1: Go to the Southern Prairie Library System’s On-line Card Catalog.

Step 2: Go to the very top of the page and select LOG IN which takes you to the Register Box.

 Step 3: Select Register which takes you to the Online Registration page.

Step 4: Fill out the Online Registration Form with all required information.
     ALSO: Choose to register as an Altus or Hollis library patron.

Step 5: Select Register which will take you to the Post–Registration page that will give you your temporary card number and PIN number.  Please write these numbers down or print the page to remember.

Step 6: From the library catalog page, begin using the online resources as listed and enter your temporary card number when requested.

Bee crying

The Great Plains Literacy Council’s “Great Altus Spelling Bee” will not be held on April 4th in order to comply with the local, state, and federal guidelines to control the community spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The event will be rescheduled at a later date.