American Spirit Festival of Cultures on June 25th

Please join us at Hoyt Shadid Park for the American Spirit Festival of Cultures on June 25th for family friendly activities, food, and entertainment!

This program is presented by Altus Air Force Base, City of Altus Parks & Recreation, Altus Chamber of Commerce and cosponsored by the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council, the Southern Prairie Library System and Great Plains Literacy Council. This project was supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Job Opening – Library Branch Manager: Southern Prairie Library System – Altus

Library Branch Manager:

Develops and presents programs for all ages, maintains library collections, provides leadership, direction, staff supervision and training.

Ensures that outstanding customer service is provided to patrons of all ages.

Builds relationships with community organizations.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field with three years or more of library experience in a supervisory position.
  • Demonstrated performance in a management position.
  • Preferred: MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program with two years of public library supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High level competency with computer services, software, digital literacy programming, social media, networking, and emerging technologies.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills.
  • Demonstrated public program development and implementation.

Schedule: Full-time position, 40 hours per week, includes some evenings and Saturdays.
Send letter of introduction, application (download), a complete resume and the contact information for three professional references to:

Executive Director
Southern Prairie Library System
421 N. Hudson
Altus, OK  73521

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Gloria Casias – Organizational Assistant

We are excited to introduce you to Gloria Casias. She is our newest contracted office staff member at GPLC. Her employment was made possible by the ARPA grant offered through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL). Gloria is assisting with the organization of our program office and classroom areas. We are glad to have Gloria be a part of the GPLC program.

WiFi HotSpots for Checkout!!

Be sure to stop by the Altus Public Library or the Hollis Public Library to checkout a T-Mobile HotSpot.

The T-Mobile HotSpot checks out for 14 days. To find out more information call Altus Public Library (580) 477-2890 or the Hollis Public Library (580) 688-2744.

Webcam and Headphones

Computer Webcams and Headphones are now available for library patrons in the Altus and Hollis Public libraries to use on the library computers!

This project is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA).

Diabetes Seminar

Questions about diabetes?

Join Haley Babb RD/LD, CDCES from the Jackson County Diabetes Center of Excellence on how to manage many different areas of physical and mental health that affect your diabetes.

This seminar can help you gain the strength and skill you need to help get your diabetes under control.

Every Tuesday @ 11am. November 9 – 30, 2021

Teen Cuisine – Grades 6 – 12

Want something to do on Tuesday afternoons?

We have an idea for you!!

The Southern Prairie Library System, Great Plains Literacy Council and the OSU Community Nutrition Education Program (CNEP) will present “Teen Cuisine.” This is a FREE program series taught by Nutrition Education Assistant, Shelly Mullens. Lessons include food safety, nutrition, food preparation, and physical activity. The lessons are geared toward students in grades 6 to 12. The classes will be every Tuesday from November 2nd through December 7th, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. and last about one hour. For more information, please call the Altus Public Library at 580-477-2890. Please join us!

The Great Plains Literacy Council and the Southern Prairie Library System are co-sponsoring a series of Health and Wellness programs to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles in southwest Oklahoma. “Financial assistance for these special projects is made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.”  Additional funding is provided by a Southwest Rural Electric Operation Round Up grant.

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