About Reading Roundup
The Double R (Reading Roundup) was an author and book-signing tour that visited several public libraries and schools across Oklahoma. It promoted reading and discussion of the books. During the tour, students and library patrons were able to meet with award-winning authors, hear about writing techniques, learn behind-the-scene stories, and talk about books in the genre. The authors were on-hand to answer questions and sign books after the presentations.
The Double R Author Tour was held in conjunction with a $40,000 grant the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Office of Library Development received from the Reading Trust. The $40,000 was used to purchase books by Oklahoma Book Award winners or finalists in the children/young adult category. The books were placed in all 219 public libraries across the state. “It was just a natural fit to include an author tour that allows us to showcase Oklahoma’s rich literary heritage,” said Connie Armstrong executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
The Double R Author Tour also featured a Teen Book Festival in Guthrie on October 28, 2017. The next Teen Book Con will be November 16, 2019 at the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union in Norman Oklahoma.
Sponsors for the Double R Author Tour are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), Best of Books, local Friends groups and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.