9th Annual Winter Readfest Features New Surprises


It all began in 2004 with the simple question, “Why doesn’t the library sponsor a reading program for adults like the one every summer for kids?”

“We looked at each other and realized that we didn’t have a good answer,” said the Metropolitan Library System’s Adult Services Coordinator Anita Roesler, “so we started planning something for winter so it wouldn’t interfere with the children’s program and was originally just for seniors.

“Then,” Roesler continued, “we got caught in our own success and younger adults wanted to join, too, and this year we’re inviting anyone 18 years or older to get involved.”

This year, the rules are simpler than ever.  The program begins on February 1 and continues through February 29.  Leap Year provides an extra day just for reading.

“Here’s how it works,” Roesler said.  “You read two books, go to your neighborhood MLS library, fill out a drawing slip that states you have read the two, and drop it into the drawing box.  You can fill out one slip for every two books you read.  This includes Audio Books or books listened to via any electronic device, or read on an E-Reader.”

Prizes will include I-Pads, Lyric Theatre tickets, History Center and Cowboy Hall memberships, Oklahoma City Barons tickets, OK Food Coop memberships, VISA gift cards, and dining cards for locally owned restaurants.  Each library’s assortment of prizes is a little different.

Call your neighborhood library with questions, and be prepared to have some fun. For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, 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.