The Noble Public Library celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 23.
The book was remade in 2006 into the film Believe in Me, by Robert Collector and is based on a true story of an Oklahoma basketball coach in the 1960s.
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.
Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3, in which the Norman Public Library Central will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.
The Harold Keith festivities are sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library. Robert Collector, director and screenplay writer for the film, gave permission for the library and others in the Pioneer Library System to show the film.