Metropolitan Library System Creates
New Reading Program for Adults
Summer at the Library is for children and teens, and Winter ReadFest is for seniors. Now there’s an MLS reading program just for adults between the ages of 19 and 54.
It’s called “Booktober Fest” and the library system calls it “the reading program for everyone else.”
“We’ve had these other programs up and running for several years now,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow. “In fact the children’s program, which we originally referred to as ‘Summer Reading,’ has been around the longest and is our most successful one. We always knew that we’d start a program for adults someday but not long ago a friend looked at the other programs and asked, ‘Hey, what about me?’ That simple question was the trigger.”
Morrow had also been thinking about a program to be called “Keeping It Local,” something that would promote reading as well as local merchants and institutions. That concept and Booktober Fest looked like the perfect match.
“It begins on October 1 and lasts all month,” Morrow said. “Every time a reader in the right age range finishes two books, he or she can fill out a prize drawing card. On October 12 and again at the end of the month we’ll draw for some of the best prizes we’ve ever gathered together.”
Prizes come from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma Food Co-op, OCCC Cultural Arts Series, Reduxion Theater, Cattleman’s Restaurant, Pottery Barn, The Western Concepts Restaurant Group (which includes The Lobby Bar in the Will Rogers Theater, Sushi Neko, Musashi’s, The Coach House, and The Tasting Room), Pearl’s Restaurant Group (including Pearl’s Oyster Bar, Pearl’s Crabtown, Pearl’s Fish House, and Trapper’s), The Good Egg Dining Group (Cheever’s Cafe and Catering, Iron Star, Red PrimeSteak, Market-C, RePUBlic Gastropub, and Pops), in addition to JoeMoXL stainless steel coffee mugs, BOSE in-Ear Headphones, and a SONY Reader Pocket Edition.
“To win,” Morrow added, “you must have a valid library card and read or listen to two books.”
Booktober Fest is sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System, the Friends of the Library, and the Library Endowment Trust.
For more information about this program, visit the Booktoberfest website, www.metrolibrary.org/booktoberfest.
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.