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Bartlesville Public Library

600 S. Johnstone

Bartlesville, OK 74003



M-Th: 9am-9pm

Fri-Sat: 9am-5:30pm

Sun (Sept-May): 1:30pm-5:30pm

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Begins February 1 through April 12, 9am to 3pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in the downstairs meeting room. First come, first served. Please bring W-2 forms, 1099s, a photo id, and a social security card.

If you make less than $64,000 per year you can file online with

FOL Creative Writing Contest

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may be wrapping up, but here at BPL we are proudly announcing the 25th Annual Bartlesville Creative Writing Contest!

The grand prize is $200!
Winning 1st place in each category (poetry, fiction, children’s literature, nonfiction) is $100.
Winning 2nd place in each category is $50.
Contestants must be current BPL cardholders and at least 14 years of age. Entries for the teen division (14 – 17 years old) are free! And for the adult division the fee is $10 per entry. Please see all the official rules on the entry form, which must be submitted with each category entry. Entry forms can be printed here, or can be picked up at the library. All entries must be received by February 1st. Bring entries to the library, or mail them toFOL Creative Writing Contest
c/o Bartlesville Public Library
600 S. Johnstone Ave
Bartlesville, OK 74003

LeavesAutumn is officially here! We’ve been crafting here to decorate the Story Time display. To learn how we made the leaves on our display, click here to see the full instructions and then send us pictures of your creations! You could also send us pictures of your other autumn-themed crafts in the comments below and you might see them displayed here or on the facebook page! Happy Autumn!

Are you thinking of gathering family information or history? Where do I begin? Where do I find information? Where and how do I store that information on my ancestors? For answers to these questions and more, the Bartlesville Genealogical Society (BGS) may help you find answers.


The BGS will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 on Monday evening, October 10, in the Bartlesville Public Library’s upstairs meeting room (Conference Room A). The public is invited.


During the 6:30 Beginner’s Corner portion of the meeting, those present will learn the basics of beginning genealogy. Rita Bibles will discuss “Searching cemeteries and courthouses, where you will find birth information and certificates, marriage records, deeds, wills, probate records, land plat maps, and death information”. She will explain how to begin your research and where to look for information.

At the second portion of the meeting, about 7:15, Peggy Goertzen, Director and Archivist for the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, will discuss “Origins and Overviews: Sources for German Genealogy”. She will explain how to determine where my German ancestors originated? Where do I look? This presentation will provide some basic strategies to locate place of origin, using family papers and local primary source materials to uncover clues supplemented by a knowledge of basic settlement patterns.
Ms. Goertzen has been actively involved in German historical and genealogical research for over 35 years. She has written church histories, local histories and family histories, compiled collections of German and English newspaper extracts and census extracts, and given numerous presentations on various aspects of German research, including German-Russian and Mennonite. She is a native of Bakersfield, California, and a graduate of Tabor College. In addition to her work at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, she has also served as the longtime chair of the Hillsboro Historical Society and Museum Board and a longtime member of the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board. She and her husband, retired Mennonite Brethren minister Gaylord L. Goertzen, reside in Hillsboro, Kansas.


The goal of the Bartlesville Genealogical Society is to promote and encourage the common interest of family genealogy and history among the members.   Meetings and classes are a service of the Society and are free and open to anyone interested in beginning or continuing family research. Information discussed will assist beginners in their search for family information, and, if you are an experienced genealogist, you will find useful tips in continuing family research.

For more information about the Bartlesville Genealogical Society, including membership options and meeting information (2nd Monday each month), please visit the website: You will also find information on Facebook under “Bartlesville Genealogical Society”.

Hi there!
We hope your school year is off to a great start! For the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be focusing on a section of the library many people don’t even know about: the biographies! A biography is a book that tells the true story of someone’s life. You might think that reading a biography sound boring, but you can learn a lot about some really cool people like Ham the Astrochimp (the first monkey astronaut) or The Boy Who Invented TV. Come check out our display or look at other biographies, written for kids just like you!

Let's Talk About It OklahomaJoin us this fall as we explore horror fiction through a four-program series called “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma”. In this series, we will delve into eight literary works from the horror fiction genre. Aiding our discussions will be scholars who will shed light on the works and their authors and raise questions for us to ponder and discuss. Engage in book discussions which will examine the works through the humanities, i.e. examining the readings within their historical context, literature, ethics and philosophy.

The program series is free and the books will be provided, but registration is required and seats are limited. To register, please call the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.

All four programs will be at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Upstairs Meeting Room.

Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma, a project of the Oklahoma Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by grants from the Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

About the Oklahoma Humanities

The mission of the Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. OH is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we strive to stimulate discussion, encourage new perspectives, and to actively engage people in the humanities disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, and ethics.