Libraries Warm Up With Adult Winter Reading Program

   Tulsa City-County Library invites adults to escape the winter blues with the “Adult Winter Reading Program,” Jan. 29-March 29.

   Adults who read or listen to eight books will earn a TCCL book bag and be entered in a drawing for the grand prize – a Kindle Fire HD or an iPod Touch 16G.

   TCCL has planned the following author events to complement the Adult Winter Reading Program:

   Celebrate African-American History Month and the kickoff of the Adult Winter Reading Program with “Black History Storytelling with Art Johnson” Jan. 31, 4-5 p.m. at Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor’s Cove, 8316 E. 93rd St.  Johnson, a well-known veteran interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg, will present stories dramatizing freedom, slavery and historical construction of heroes.  For ages 12 and older.  Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

   “Meet Author Carlotta Walls LaNier” Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford.  At age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier, youngest of the “Little Rock Nine,” and eight other students were the first African-Americans to integrate their local high school.  Their turbulent struggle to simply achieve an equal education forever changed the history of America.  LaNier will discuss her book “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.”  A book signing will follow.  Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust and the African-American Resource Center.

   “Meet Author Sharon Ewell Foster” Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Rudisill Regional Library.  On Aug. 22, 1881, slave Nat Turner, armed with a Bible in one hand, brandishes a sword in the other.  His rebellion shined a national spotlight on slavery and divided a nation’s trust.  Overall, the laws enacted in the aftermath of the Turner Rebellion enforced widespread illiteracy among slaves.  “The Resurrection of Nat Turner,” a fictionalized account of the slave insurrection by Foster, is a major history lesson.  She will discuss her historic book and sign copies.  Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust and the African-American Resource Center.

   “American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award” honoring award-winning screenwriter Sterlin Harjo, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, Fourth Street and Denver Avenue.  Born in Holdenville and now living in Tulsa, Harjo is a producer/director for This Land Press.  He was selected as one of the Sundance Institute’s first five Annenberg Film Fellows and as one of the inaugural recipients of the Unites States Artists Fellowship.

   Following Harjo’s presentation, authors Joy Harjo, Arigon Starr, Roy Boney, Michael Sheyahshe and Lee Francis IV will speak on writing and the creative process.

   For more information on the Adult Winter Reading Program, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or register online,


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