City of Collinsville

106 N 12th Street

PO Box 730

Collinsville, OK 74021

(918) 371-1010 Phone

(918) 371-1019 Fax

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History of the Collinsville Library

Collinsville Library plays a vital role in the history of what was once a little pioneer town in Indian Territory. In 1903 a group of women formed the Comedy of Errors Book Club. Their first order of business was to adopt the project of founding a library for Collinsville, Oklahoma. Their first books were donated from a Methodist Church organization and were kept in the home of COE founder, Mrs. J.A. Tyner. The books were moved to several locations in downtown Collinsville until in 1911 when the books found a permanent home in a room on the second floor of the new city hall. Members of the COE club and The Women’s Council operated the library for the public. The members of the COE club held teas, talent shows, and benefits to purchase books for the library. They even had a ‘book shower” which brought in books from women’s groups all over the state.

In 1913 Clyde Bollman and J.B. Potter went “back east” to secure funds from the Carnegie Foundation. The City Fathers went east, but the City Mothers sent them. They were granted $7500 to erect a building on land furnished by Collinsville. The new building was started in 1915 and at the dedication on July 20, 1917, the members of the COE Club were given a glowing tribute for starting and keeping the project alive, and for the 1500 books they gave to the library. 

The new library, located on a 100 by 140 foot lot on the corner of 13th and Main, was a one story building with a basement, built of brick and stone with a tile roof, and made fireproof throughout.

In 1962 a countywide vote decided that a new city-county library system would be adopted. The Carnegie Collinsville Library closed on June 30, 1962, and the Collinsville Branch Library of the Tulsa City-County Library System opened its doors on July 1, 1962. In 1999 the collection from the library was moved to a small store front on Main Street, back to one of the first homes of the CV Library, while the entire building was renovated and expanded. On April 6, 2000, the Collinsville Library once again opened its doors to an increase in square footage from 3,260 to 7,860, an expanded collection, a children’s corner with a bay window, a neon teen center sign, a stained glass window, 11 computers, videos, CD’s, DVD’s, and the only elevator in town. The budget for this library renovation was over $800,000. The renovations maintained the historical integrity of the original Carnegie Library. The library still proudly displays the inlaid stone that designates it as a Carnegie Library.

 In a Tulsa World article dated Sunday, May 26, 1940, The Librarian, Mrs. Ollie B. Howell, states that the library is the headquarters for many youngsters every day after school. In 2002 the same holds true. As soon as school is out, the youngsters from the middle school walk to the library to read, visit, use the computers and complete their homework. Parents bring their youngsters throughout the day. The high school students rush in to complete reports and homework assignments in the evening. Each year the library hosts a summer reading program for the children and teens and a winter reading program for the adults.

Magicians, American Indian storytellers, puppets, musicians, “Will Rogers”, “Woody Guthrie”, and a long list of programs have entertained children and adults in the meeting room. The Patchworkers, a library quilting group, was formed in 2001. The Friends of the Collinsville Library host a membership gala each December with a live band, dinner, and a silent auction. Summer evenings resound with music during Concerts on The Library Green.

The citizens of Collinsville have always loved their library. That care, concern, and love has held true since 1903 when the COE first met and made the library a priority until today when the current COE Club meets once a month to discuss the book of the month.

As well as being an integral part of the community, the library’s goal is to provide the opportunity for many happy memories for our customers and to continue the tradition started by a handful of pioneers in 1903.

Blue Star Mothers

The Collinsville Library has set up a Blue Star Mother’s Collection Box for our Troops. We also have dedicated wall space for pictures of our Troops.  This started as a result of one of our staff meeting a Blue Star Mother at the parent orientation in OKC when her son was being deployed. They discussed the need for items and how we could help with the project. All CV staff has signed on for the project including taking on at least one service person to send individual boxes of supplies to each month. 

The wall behind the Blue Star Mother’s Collection Box is dedicated to pictures of loved ones serving in the Armed Forces. Although this is a very small thing to do for those serving our country it is one way we can make a difference. Also, it is a way to provide a visual for the students who use the library to see how we care for our Troops.
 
We are on a campaign to fill as many boxes as we can for the Blue Star Mothers.  Please come by the Collinsville Library with your donations. If you have pictures you would like to have on our Wall of Honor bring those as well.
 
If you want to know more about The Blue Star Mothers their web site is:  www.tricountybluestarmothers.com.
 
Tri-County Blue Star Mothers
Supplies Needed to Send to Deployed Troops
Disposable Razors
Toothbrushes
Dental Floss
Chapstick
Pocket Combs
Artificial Tears
Sample Size Tylenol or Ibuprofen
Tums
Rolaids
Cough Drops
Unscented Deodorant
 
TRAVEL SIZE ITEMS – These items need to be travel size to fit in the box.
Hand Sanitizer
Handiwipes (50- 80CT.)
Toothpaste
Sunscreen ~ Bug Repellant Lotion
Self Sticking Velcro Strips-Black OR Grey
Small pocket or 3x5 American Flags
White crew socks, sz 9-11
Ziplock Bags - ALL SIZES
Small Puzzle Books
Energizer or Duracell Batteries – AA
FOOD ITEMS – These items need to be.single serving size to fit in the box.
Folgers Coffee Singles
Hot Cider & Hot Cocoa
Powdered Drink Singles
Microwave Macaroni & Cheese Packets EZ MAC Meal Kits
Jerky & Beef Sticks
Tuna or Chicken Salad Meal Kits
Lasagna, Beef Stew, Chicken Dumpling Meal Kits
Small Pop-Top Fruit Cans
Pop-Top Soups
Ramen Noodles
Poptarts
Fruit Snacks

Collinsville Library Scrapbook

Collinsville Library Scrapbook; A History of our Library from 1903-today 

If you have any pictures or information about the CV Library, stories you remember about using the library during this time, newspaper articles, program notices or anything you think would be of interest about our history please let me know so I can incorporate it into the 1950-1999 book. Pictures and articles, check out cards, anything like that will add so much to the authenticity of the book. Please contact the Collinsville Library at 596-2840.

You are welcome to stop by the CV Library anytime to see our first book which covers the years of 1903-1949.

 

Location
Collinsville Library
1223 West Main
Collinsville, OK  74021
(918) 596-2840

Hours
Monday 12pm-8pm
Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday 12pm-8pm
Thursday 12pm-8pm
Friday 12pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

Directions
From Highway 169, go west on Highway 20, which becomes Main Street as it passes through Collinsville. The library is located on the corner of 13th Street and Main Street.

Library Event Guide

The Collinsville Library now has an Event Guide. Please see link below for upcoming events.

December Library Event Guide
January Library Event Guide

Facilities

• 9 computers for
  customer use

• Lively teen corner

• Children's bay window
  reading area

• Stories From the
  Rocking Chair every
  Tuesday at 10:30am
  for children birth to
  5 years old

• Meeting room
  which seats 75

Pajama Story Time

Please join us on Wednesday evenings for story time! Children may wear their pajama's and bring their favorite stuffed animal.

Drive-In FREE WiFi!

Drive into to the Collinsville Library parking lots for WiFi connections. Our WiFi is accessible from outside and we are happy for you to take advantage of the service.

Library Recycling Bins!

The recycling bins at the Collinsville Library can now take phone books and cardboard! The bins say that they can not take them but they are allowed to be placed in the paper bins!

Online Classes

UniversalClass™ offers hundreds of free online no-credit courses facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic. You can take courses at your own pace 24/7. Download the course list on the UniversalClass Brochure and visit Tulsa City-County Library’s website for course descriptions.

Tulsa Library Phone APP!

The Tulsa Library now has a FREE app for your phone from your app store!

New Library Cards

Hey Collinsville,

We have a new, creative design for your  library card. You may keep your current card but if you would like to brighten up your life a bit stop by the Library and update your card. The new cards are $1.00 if a replacement. If you have not ever had a card they are free.
 
We are going as green as we can at TCCL so we would like to be sure all your contact information is correct. As of May 14, 2012 we stopped mailing library notifications. We will use your email address, your telephone number, or text you with notifications regarding your holds and other pertinent information.
 
Stop by the library and update your card.   We want to be your first choice … not your last resort!             
               

E-READERS!!!!

The Collinsville Public Library would like to share some information regarding the E-READER program. Please click the flyer below to learn more about it!

E-reader Information Flyer