ReadOKC brings books to Scissortail Park
Oklahoma City’s newest family attraction got an important new feature Thursday – a Free Little Library.
The installation near the Children’s Playground allows anyone to take or leave books for others to enjoy. ReadOKC coordinated the project, which was funded by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. The Oklahoma City Thunder will provide books and make sure the blue box remains full.
“Reading should be part of every kid’s life, whether they’re at school or not,” said Mary Mélon, president and CEO of the Foundation for OKCPS and chairwoman of ReadOKC. “We are delighted our community came together to make books available where families come together to play.”
Roy Williams, president & CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, said the combined effort moves the city forward.
“Improving the quality of life and of our future workforce are the key to economic development,” he said. “This Free Little Library demonstrates our commitment to helping kids get the most out of their education.”
The Thunder, which supports literacy through the Rolling Thunder Book Bus presented by American Fidelity, will assist to make sure materials are always available.
“Encouraging a love for reading and the highlighting the importance of literacy is a pillar of our community efforts,” said Christine Berney, vice president of community relations for the Thunder. “We hope this Free Little Library gives anyone who visits Scissortail Park the opportunity to learn something new and enjoy a good book.”
Free Little Libraries, which are being installed across Oklahoma City, encourage people to leave books they have read for others, so people who need a book can always have access.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Free Little Library to Scissortail Park for our families and visitors to enjoy,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO and executive director of the Scissortail Park Foundation. “Together with the Reading Tree sapling we received in 2019 from The Gathering Place in Tulsa, the Little Library reading spot will make an idyllic setting to enjoy a good book.”
ReadOKC promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students, recruits caring adults to serve as Reading Buddies and improves access to reading for all children.
During the most recent reading challenge, students read nearly 2 million minutes over winter break as they endeavored to read 20 minutes a day. More than 3,400 students met the goal and received prizes provided by OU Medicine, Raising Cain’s and Incredible Pizza.
Students from Van Buren Elementary were the top readers.
Reading challenges take place over every school holiday.
ReadOKC is an initiative of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, which promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students. The Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact’s primary mission is to create and stimulate ownership of OKCPS and its outcomes. It is comprised of Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, and the City of Oklahoma City.