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Mrs. Trimmier Sloan Funk
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Mrs. Funk became head librarian of the Carnegie Library of Shawnee in 1909, after first serving as secretary of the Library Board in 1903, prior to the opening in 1905. She served as President of the Oklahoma Library Association in 1917-18, 1918-19, and 1924-25.

A tragic fire consumed the building in 1927 and almost destroyed the structure. Mrs. Funk helped fight the fire and was injured trying to save important books and documents. She was devastated, but refused to “sit down and weep over the ashes of one’s dreams.”

Under her guidance, the building was rebuilt in 1930 and one again was able to serve the reading public. In 1928 the state legislature approved services to the county, so services were expanded and the library provided books for libraries in approximately 20 county schools. It also pioneered in offering story hours for children, free county service, children’s book week, and cooperation with schools of all types, including hourly classes for 30 to 60 junior high school students each day during the school year.

Such noted advancements were surely proud achievements for Mrs. Funk who loyally served the library until retirement in 1946. She rallied her staff with enthusiasm and determination through lean times when there was little or no money for purchasing of materials and supplies, and sometimes salaries. She was quoted in her annual library report of 1929 “While my greatest joy in library work has been in the opportunity for service, and in the realization that this service could not be measured, it has been a surprise that the results of this service so often come back to us.” If a library can be judged by the quality of its librarians, then the Carnegie Library of Shawnee was indeed a fine one.

Trimmier Sloan Funk died in the summer of 1946, shortly after her retirement.

In a profile of Mrs. Funk, published in the Winter 1954 issue of the Oklahoma Librarian, Lee Spencer summarized her life and career in this way:

In retrospect, it is apparent that Trimmier Sloan Funk was a woman of faith, courage, and high ideals, with an abiding belief in her fellowman.  Her career bridged the difficult eras of two World Wars, a depression, and several local emergencies and periods of stress. She was a builder, and a loyal daughter of her profession. She touched the lives of thousands.  The New State, today is much the richer and stronger for her, an example of many of its early adopted sons and daughters who brought gifts more enduring than money, and a spirit whose ultimate food only time can measure.1

1Lee Spencer, “Trimmier Sloan Funk: Pioneer Oklahoma Librarian,” Oklahoma Librarian, no. 1 (Winter 1954): 23.

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