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Nan Sturdivant
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Photo of Nan SturdivantNanalie Sturdivant began her career with the Tulsa Library in 1957 and retired with the System in 1994.

Nan was important to Tulsa’s libraries in so many ways. First of all, she was responsible for developing opening-day collections for many of its branch libraries when the county system was formed in 1962. Those included Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Jenks, Nathan Hale, Owasso, Pratt, Suburban Acres, Sheridan, and Skiatook.

She oversaw the operation of all 20 Tulsa City-County Library System branches for many years. Then for several years, she served as Personnel Director before moving into her role as the System’s Children’s Coordinator. Nan taught numerous new children’s staff members how to present stories, what kinds of programming was appropriate for the various ages, new activities appropriate for the various age levels, and she generously shared her knowledge of juvenile literature with everyone interested.

Mrs. Sturdivant was a valuable member of any number of ALA committees dealing with children’s issues, and she was in demand as a workshop leader in the state under the auspices of the Oklahoma Library Assn. on any subject dealing with children’s services.

She was totally dedicated to providing the highest quality service to the children of Tulsa County, and people responded as noted in the circulation statistics and the numbers of children enrolled in the summer reading programs. Her last year in that role 26,711 children participated, a record number for the state. Nan passed away in 2004.

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