Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: June 9, 2011
The life of Rita Brown Holder, who was born in New Hampshire but lived most of her life in Choctaw and was a long time supporter of and fund-raiser for the Choctaw Library, will be celebrated in a memorial service held at the library, 2525 Muzzy, on June 13, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“She inspired many people to help improve the library, and that in turn benefited the entire community,” said Manager of Choctaw Library Operations Rosemary Czarski. “She was driven to accomplish the goal of getting a permanent full service library in Choctaw from the time back in the seventies when the community was served by a bookmobile. She founded and organized the Choctaw Library Guild as an association and then as a non-profit corporation to accomplish this task.
“As the library grew from a bookmobile, to a reading center, to an extension library and then a full sized library, she kept working in the community to get that permanent building. We moved into the current library building in January 2004. Since then, she has continued to steadfastly support our library.” Rita Holder passed away May 26, 2011. To celebrate the stories of her life, there will be an “Honoring Rita” gathering at the library that will be followed by a meeting of the Choctaw Library Guild.
In lieu of flowers, a donation payable to the Choctaw Library Guild in Rita Holder’s name may be made.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.