The Purcell Library celebrates the life and works of Newbery award winning author Harold Keith, with popcorn and a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7.
The book was made into a film by Robert Collector in 2006 and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.
Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie.
The festivities are sponsored by Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library.
Keith was honored earlier in May in a ceremony designating Norman Public Library Central as a Literary Landmark. He was honored during a ceremony May 3 at Norman Public Library Central, in which the library was designated as a national Literary Landmark. The designation is due to the display of the Newbery medal in the children’s department of the library, where it has resided since 1993.