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OSU-Tulsa Unveils New Literacy Initiative For Greenwood District Neighbors


Dozens of local kids helped with the unveiling of a new early literacy initiative Wednesday at OSU-Tulsa.

The 'Stache of Books Community Library is housed in a repurposed Tulsa World newspaper box that's been painted orange and installed on campus west of parking lot E, near Sunset Plaza apartments.

"The library is a new community engagement initiative that promotes literacy by providing youth living near our campus with books to read," said OSU-Tulsa Community Engagement Specialist Alnetta Morris. "Just look for the orange newspaper vending machine, select a book or two, and it is yours to keep."

Families can also leave books at the library for others to enjoy. 

OSU Tulsa President Dr. Pamela Fry said reading is important for all ages, and the library will have books for everyone from preschoolers to adults.

"We like to think of it sometimes as opening doors that takes you into a different world when you read. You might be learning new facts or reading a book just for fun," Fry said.

More than 400 books were donated by OSU Tulsa; Tulsa Talk, Read and Sing/Early Learning Works; First Baptist Church North Tulsa; and Alpha Xi Sigma Tulsa Chapter/Sigma Gamma Rho.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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