Thousands of library books are being given for free to Tulsa students and their families.
Tulsa Public Schools is handing out books at some of its summer distribution sites, in addition to the meals it provides. Tulsa Public Schools was forced to close four schools due to budget cuts, so the books that once filled those school libraries are now finding their place in students' homes.
On Monday afternoon, hundreds of books were given away at Celia Clinton Elementary School.
The librarians now get the opportunity to see students after the school year was abruptly cut short due to the pandemic. It also gives the kids a chance to read something new and continue to improve literacy even over the summer months. Vicki Ruzicka, Tulsa Public Schools Library Services Manager said, “It’s great to see the kids and to see them light up when they’re handed a book."
Families from any TPS school are welcome to pick up the books. The district will hand out free books next at Skelley Elementary on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.