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Bartlesville Public Library
600 S. Johnstone
Bartlesville, OK 74003

Phone: (918) 338-4161
Fax: (918) 337-5338
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The Bartlesville Public Library presents Author/Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. speaking at the Bartlesville Community Center on Friday, September 5 at 7pm.

Blount will be signing copies of his books in the Community Room following the speech. Limited copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event. Attendees must pick up free tickets at the Bartlesville Community Center Box Office prior to the event.

During September, the Bartlesville Public Library is participating in “Oklahoma Reads True Grit,” a statewide project to encourage Oklahomans to read the book True Grit by Charles Portis, then come together to discuss the novel. “Charles Portis, the author of True Grit, does not do public appearances,” said Library Director Joan Singleton. “Mr. Blount is a Portis admirer, and has written a chapter in Escape Velocity, a Charles Portis Reader. His own writing has much in common with Portis’s deadpan humor and affection for the American South. We thought Mr. Blount’s humor would be a perfect kick-off for our month-long focus on True Grit.”

An accomplished author, journalist, and historian, Blount may be best known to radio listeners as a regular panelist on NPR’s weekend game show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-three books, about everything from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking.  His book Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, won the 2007 nonfiction award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association; and AudioFile chose the audio version as one of the year's top five books read by their authors.     He is ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders. He comes from Decatur, Georgia and lives in western Massachusetts.

Mango Languages


Our new subscription to Mango Learning allows all of our library cardholders to learn a new language for free! Lessons for 32 languages are available from your home computer or using a computer here at the library. Go to and click on Mango to get started. You will need a microphone and speakers, or headphones with a microphone.


We now have special Ebook & EAudiobook collections for kids and for teens, as well as for all ages.

Music and Movies are also available for checkout and download from the Oklahoma Virtual Library.



BPL BOOK CLUBS (All are welcome to attend)

Gentle Reads (Third Thursday at 2pm): August 21: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman; September 18: AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale; October 16: THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin; November 20: THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme C. Simsion.

Johnstone Irregulars (First Tuesday at 7pm): Aug 5: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman; Sept 2: TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis




Weekly Meeting Room Calendar

NYT Fiction Bestsellers

Non-Fiction Bestsellers

Teen Scene

Downloadable Books & Finding a Good Book


Download e-books and e-audiobooks from our Oklahoma Virtual Library site:

Directions for Kindle Fire Users
Directions for Kindle eReader Users (not Kindle Fire)
Directions for Tablet Users (including iPad and Nook Color/HDX, etc.)
Directions for eReader Users (not tablets and not Kindles, plain eReaders)
Directions for borrowing eAudiobooks and Music

Overdrive Help Videos for checking out eBooks & eAudiobooks from the Oklahoma Virtual Library


Online tools to help you find a great read:

Pick up a free copy of Book Page the next time you are in the library. This monthly "book newspaper" is an excellent way to find out about new and notable titles.

The Library subscribes to Bookmarks magazine, which can be found in the Periodical Room, near the Reference Desk.

Want to buy books? We have an online bookstore with ABE Books. The Friends of the Library have a booksale in our lobby each Wednesday from 10 to 3.