Tulsa City-County Library Features Adult Summer Reading Program and One Book, One Tulsa

With the addition of the adult summer reading program, the joy of summer reading is not limited to children and teens.

   Tulsa City-County Library encourages adults to keep the pages turning during the Adult Summer Reading Program, continuing through Aug. 2.

   Participants, 16 or older, who read or listen to four books can complete a quick online survey at www.tulsalibrary.org/adultsrp and take the printed confirmation form to any library for a coupon for a free bagel from Panera Bread.  They also will be eligible to win one of 185 prizes, which include Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, “Tulsa Art Deco” books, “Famous First Lines” coffee mugs and metal page nibs.  Bagel coupons are available beginning June 16.

   Coinciding with the adult summer reading program is TCCL’s “One Book, One Tulsa: The Great Gatsby.”  This communitywide reading initiative features F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic with many related programs throughout the community.  Copies of The Great Gatsby are available at your local library.

   “We are focusing on the fascinating period of the 1920s in literature and in Tulsa’s history,” said Cindy Hulsey, Central Readers’ Library and Media Center manager.  “Many library locations are featuring programs, movies and music events centered around the ‘The Great Gatsby.’” Recreational reading is so important for adults, so this year when parents bring their children to the library for the summer reading program we have something to offer them as well.”

   TCCL has scheduled a summer full of programs to enhance the One Book, One Tulsa experience.  Enjoy these free programs:


Tulsa in the '20s: A Photographic Exhibit

Continues through Aug. 1

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St.

Like other American cities, Tulsa enjoyed economic growth and prosperity in the 1920s. Our city was the center of the oil and gas industry, and some of Tulsa's finest buildings and the nation's finest art deco buildings were constructed. It also was a period marked by interracial tension; and in 1921, one of the most violent race riots in American history occurred in Tulsa. In conjunction with this year's One Book, One Tulsa program featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," a story that captures a 1920s American world of prosperity and tragedy, we invite the community to an exhibit of 1920s Tulsa area photographs. 



Music Sandwiched In: The Roaring Twenties

Wednesday, June 18 • 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Hardesty Regional Library, Frossard Auditorium 
Hear blues legend and Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dorothy Ellis, aka Miss Blues, and her band play soulful melodies from the timeless blues tradition. For adults. Sponsored by Tulsa Library Trust.


Novel Talk Presents: I AM HUMAN: Individual Empowerment From 1920 to Today, Featuring Author Laura Moriarty

Tuesday, June 24 • 7-8:30 p.m.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St.

What does it mean to be human? What connects us and what keeps us apart? In one way or another, most literature explores these elemental questions. In her acclaimed novel "The Chaperone," Laura Moriarty has a strong message of human equality and dignity. Join us for a special Novel Talk program where we will explore issues of women's rights, gay rights and just plain human rights, and then hear from the author herself about her writing process and research for "The Chaperone." Books will be available for purchasing, and a book signing will follow. 


Music Sandwiched In: The Roaring Twenties

Wednesday, June 25 • 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Hardesty Regional Library, Frossard Auditorium 
The music of the Jazz Age would not be complete without dancing. Learn about the different styles of 1920s dance, such as the Charleston, from The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate as they hoof it to jazz classics. For adults. Sponsored by Tulsa Library Trust.


Film on the Lawn: "Midnight in Paris"

Thursday, June 26 • 7:30-11 p.m.

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road

Travel to 1920s France as Gil (Owen Wilson) encounters the art and literary luminaries of flapper-era Paris. Enjoy an evening with food trucks, entertainment and great cinema in celebration of Philbrook's 75th anniversary and Tulsa City-County Library's One Book, One Tulsa program. For adults. North garden gate opens at 7:30 p.m.; film begins at dusk. In the event of rain, the film will be screened in Patti Johnson Wilson Hall.


Open Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 1 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Broken Arrow Library

Join us as we meet to discuss "Guests on Earth" by Lee Smith, a novelization of the last months of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of "The Great Gatsby."  Participants should read the book prior to the program.


Second Saturday Downtown Walking Tour

Saturday, July 12 • 10-11 a.m.

Meet at Topeca Coffee in the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St.

A guide from the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture will lead a walking tour of some of downtown's most beautiful buildings.


Women Finding Their Way: Tulsa in the 1920s

Saturday, July 12 • 1:30-4 p.m.

Hardesty Regional Library, Frossard Auditorium 
Genealogist Jae Jaeger uses media methods to introduce historic women of Tulsa that many have yet to meet. The times were exciting as women pressed forward after winning suffrage and began boldly, sometimes politically, to address the unmet needs of the Magic Empire citizens. In addition to Tulsa stories, Jaeger will introduce the research methods that take the story “off the page” to unknown details. Join the journey that reveals more than a glance at the women of our past. This presentation is part of Tulsa City-County Library’s Family History Month series, presented by the Genealogy Center. 


"The Great Gatsby" Movie Marathon

Monday, July 14 • 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Brookside Library

Who is the greatest Gatsby? Discover if you are Team DiCaprio or Team Redford. Join us for a take on the movie versions of this great American novel as we view both the 1974 and 2013 versions of "The Great Gatsby" with a break for a BYOS (bring your own salad) potluck in between. 


Now Read This: Take Five Goes Gatsby

Tuesday, July 15 • 7-8:30 p.m.

AHHA, 101 E. Archer St. (corner of Boston and Archer)

In celebration of One Book, One Tulsa, Take Five is going Gatsby. Five librarians will speak for five minutes about five titles with similar themes, settings or subject matter as "The Great Gatsby." The end result? 25 rapid-fire book suggestions! Before and in between presentations, enjoy trivia and other bookish activities, wine and great conversation with fellow readers. 


Why Isn't Gatsby Great? How a Brilliant Book Gave Birth to Failed Films

Thursday, July 17 • 7-8:30 p.m.

Hardesty Regional Library, Frossard Auditorium 
Emmy award-winning film teacher Clifton Raphael will discuss the process of adapting books into movies and tell us why F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby" has been such a challenge for filmmakers over the years.


Vice, Crime & Vigilantes in the Magic City

Saturday, July 19 • 10:30 a.m.-noon

Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave.

From the Osage Indian murders to the Tulsa Race Riot to notorious gangster and outlaw activity, the 1920s Tulsa area was no stranger to violence and crime. Join us for a panel of writers as they discuss stories of murder, mayhem and local criminal masterminds in the Magic City. Registration is required. Seating is limited. Go to www.tulsalibrary.org/adultsrp or call 918-549-7323 to register. 


Afternoons and Coffee Spoons: "The Great Gatsby"

Wednesday, July 30 • 2-3 p.m.


Join us for a discussion of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Please read the book prior to the program. Call 918-549-7349 to reserve a copy. 


   For more information on library programs, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website, www.tulsalibrary.org.

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