Iowas of Oklahoma


Welcome to the Iowa Tribe  Library

"Our library door is always open."

The history of the Ioway people is written in many books and being written today. We invite all people to read, learn and share the rich heritage of the Iowa Tribe and of our relatives.

We are dedicated to promoting the love and teaching of reading beginning with the youngest to the young of heart. Our library belongs to our people. It is for them and the community that our people live in that we strive to offer literacy, educational, computer skills, employment and health resources.  


Sandy Tharp-Thee, Librarian  405-547-2402 ext 213 or


Literacy - let us help you be a confident reader - reading opens so many doors. 

 We have tutors willingly to help and aids at our library available for checkout.  This service is available for all ages. 

Please call the library for more information.  405-547-2402 ext 213 or email

New at the Library - Early Literacy Station and AfterSchool Edge

The Seal of the State of OklahomaGrant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries

These computers are safe and secure - not connected to the internet.  They are preloaded with 60+ interactive learning programs and games.  They are colorful and feature top rated educational software.

They are wonderful! 


A special thank you to Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for GED Connection Resources for our teachers and students. 

The GED is about more than getting the GED certificate, it is also about improving skills.  We encourage all learners and educators to visit



Please feel free to share our GED Students Success Stories.  

"68" individuals have now received their GED Certificates. 

2010-2011 Yearbook         2011-2012 Yearbook

See the Video Yearbooks here.


Available Resources


GED Test Preparation

Starting Points



Digital Prairie


Consumer Health

Teen Health & Wellness

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Password: life

Suicide Prevention Comic

Darkness Calls

Student Zone


Student Research Center

Kids Search




 National Library of Medicine Native American Health Link


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Federal Websites - Native Americans

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Library Programs

"When a child enters the room everything changes."  Anon

Read - Get Wacky - Go Feather - working with our local Perkins Sonic Drive In, our youth age 12 and under when they read ten books, they receive a free Wacky Pack Meal Coupon and two feathers - one for home and one for the library. 


Present feather count is 211 which represents 2,110 books read since January of 2010. 

Storytime - Wednesday of each week @ 10:00 AM

Writers in the Wind - Adult writers group meets @ noon the first Wednesday of each month

Community Outreach Program: 

Working with Iowa Tribe Title VI program, our Library has many  large print books, audio books, DVDs, portable CD players and portable audio books. 

At present our Title VI delivers 30 meals a day to our homebound elders.  These materials and including present materials in the library collection is available for delivery by request with the meals. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

 "Standing Together" Oklahoma Tribe Collection

This collection was made possible by a IMLS Basic Grant.  It celebrates the 60+ tribes that once called Oklahoma home.  There are presently 39 Federally recognized Oklahoma Tribes.   

History links:
The world of the Bah-Kho-Je is rich with history and culture. From the links below, learn more about our long history, our traditional language, and about our people today.


History of the Ioway

Our Tribal Seal

Cultural Preservation
Language & Oral History

Pow Wows

Library Digital Collections