Read Across Oklahoma returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate literacy with live music, free books, storytelling and more!
Oklahoma author and illustrator Hannah Harrison will read from her book, “Friends Stick Together”, telling the story of Rupert, a rhino, who finds friendship in unexpected and unlikely places. The book also served as the inspiration for this year’s Read Across Oklahoma theme: Friends Read Together.
Spaghetti Eddie will provide live musical entertainment at the event. Every half-hour or so from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Oklahoma-based duo will perform their original tunes at the Zoo’s elephant pavilion. They will alternate with Harrison’s storytelling.
Event maps and itineraries will be available at the OKC Zoo’s turnstiles and ZOOfriends memberships office. Event activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are free with Zoo admission thanks to financial and volunteer support from the event’s partners. The day’s activities include:
Free books (first 1,000 children) and free event T-shirts (first 100 children) near the entry plaza.
New for 2019! The Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Instrument Playground offers children the chance to try out a selection of orchestral instruments in the entry plaza from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Trained staff show kids how to manipulate a variety of instruments.
Costumed characters and photo station near the entry plaza.
Interactive literacy stations, craft activities and dance stations located throughout the Zoo.
Read Across Oklahoma is part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. This program promotes literacy and helps build the foundation for a lifetime of learning, specifically targeting preschool children who may be at risk for low literacy.
Additional Read Across Oklahoma partners include Capitol Hill High School FCCLA, Feed the Children, Metro Technology Center, Tinker Federal Credit Union, The Krueger Foundation, Metropolitan Library System, Target, Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition and the Oklahoma City Zoo.