December 9, 1995
During the last few days, many of you have been good enough to ask if my new booklet, "Perry Tales," has been delivered. You know the shipment was delayed, but I am happy to report the complete order has now been received. Copies are available at Foster's Corner Drug, Chris' Pharmacy, First Bank, Exchange Bank, the Chamber of Commerce and The Perry Daily Journal. Thanks for asking. The early response has been fantastic.
Now is a good time to be thinking about books, all kinds of books (not just mine), either as a gift or perhaps for your own library. I've come across a couple of possibilities lately that merit consideration.
The "Oklahoma almanac," published by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, is out with an updated version that is filled to the brim with interesting and valuable information about our state. This book is considered Oklahoma's official information source. It has been published in odd-numbered years since statehood, making the current edition the 45th. Cost of the 928-page volume is $13, plus $2 for shipping.
The Almanac, formerly called "Directory of Oklahoma," has been expanded in recent years to include current and historical information about state, federal, county and municipal governments, information about natural phenomena, a comprehensive listing of state agencies, boards and commissions, as well as museums, historical societies, institutions of higher learning, election returns and information about commerce, agriculture, tourism and other activity in the state.
Can you answer these questions? Who served as Oklahoma Territory's third governor? What is the average per capita income in Noble county? What is the population of Perry? Which county is Oklahoma's largest geographically? What is the recipe for a comet? What is Oklahoma's official furbearer? Answers to these and thousands of other questions are in the Almanac.
It may not be the book you'd curl up with on a winter night for a good read, but it will help you learn more about the makeup and character of this great state. For information, contact Ann Hamilton, editor, at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 200 NE 18, Oklahoma City, OK 73105; or call 1-800-522-8116.
The other book also has an Oklahoma focus and, like the Almanac, it is packed with information all of us should have. The title is simple "The Story of Oklahoma," and it is a history textbook used in many state schools. The authors are W. David Baird and Danney Goble, two writers with impeccable credentials as historians.
A copy of this book was added to the Perry Carnegie Library earlier this year by the Noble county chapter of the Cherokee Strip Historical Society in memory of the late James O. Morbley, a past president of the chapter. Again, this is not a novel and certainly it is not fiction, but it contains an organized, well-illustrated story of this state dating back to the dawn of history. Its 511 pages include a comprehensive index, suggestions for further reading, and notes about traditional pageants and celebrations where Oklahoma history is brought to life.
You might check the library's copy for a better idea of this book, then visit your favorite book store and purchase a copy. The Almanac and this book should be in every home in this state.