The Double R (Reading Roundup) is an author and book-signing tour brought to several public libraries and schools across Oklahoma. It promotes reading and discussion of the books. During the tour, students and library patrons are 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 are on-hand to answer questions and sign books after the presentations.
The Double R Author Tour is 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 will be used to purchase books by Oklahoma Book Award winners or finalists in the children/young adult category. The books will be 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.
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.