Every summer, students across Oklahoma are out of school and looking for adventure. Public libraries throughout Oklahoma are the place to go for a reading adventure during June and July. Local librarians have used materials and program ideas developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program to keep thousands of Oklahoma children reading during their summer vacation months.
An author and book-signing tour travels to several towns in Oklahoma promoting reading and discussion of books. During the tour, students and library patrons are able to meet the authors, hear about writing techniques, learn the stories behind the books, get recommendations on other books in the genre, ask questions, and get their books signed by the authors.
The Oklahoma Center for the Book has co-sponsored the Oklahoma Book Awards for over 20 years. Oklahoma Book Awards are given each year in fiction, non-fiction, children/young adult, poetry, and design/illustration categories for work written by an Oklahoman or about Oklahoma.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with Affiliate State Centers for the Book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.
Sponsored by ODL, Freedom of Information Oklahoma, Inc. and Oklahoma Library Association, the First Amendment Congress is a day designed for high school students, educators, parents, anyone interested in helping our young people understand the First Amendment. In addition to the Congress, Oklahoma students are invited to participate in the annual Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest. Between the Congress and essay contest, more than 500 students are reached each year.
Read Across Oklahoma is a special reading event directed at young children, and held each year to celebrate literacy and encourage reading. Read Across Oklahoma is part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the ODL in partnership with Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).