Sandite sophomores will receive a free book and a special library card

Sarah Dawson Library Charles Page

Every year since 2003, the Tulsa County Library has done something amazing.

Thanks to the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the library system was able to provide a free book to every second grader in the county through the Books to Treasure program. And it’s not just any book; it’s the one chosen specifically to honor a famous illustrator!

Copies of the chosen book are sent to most public schools, and our librarians and children’s associates personally deliver the rest.

Schedules ready, we even do school tours to talk about the book and its illustrator, encourage parents to sign up their kids for a special edition library card, and explain how kids can meet the illustrator in real life at of the annual Books To Treasure event.

This year’s Books to Treasure illustrator is Katherine Roy, and the book each second-grader will receive is “How to Be an Elephant.” You might recognize it from Sequoyah’s Master List for Kids 2019, an annual selection of books curated by school and public libraries that students read and then vote on.

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As I mentioned, students can also sign up for a special edition library card. If they already have a library card, it can be replaced by a card that only second year students in 2022 can have! This year’s card is particularly cute, featuring Roy’s illustration of a baby elephant.

If your second year student forgot to bring their application home from school, please stop by the Charles Page Library, and we’ll make sure they get the special card.

The book and special library card are also available for homeschoolers. Parents or guardians of homeschooled sophomores can stop by the library to pick up the special library card and book.

We also have some lesson plans based on the illustrator’s books on our website, available at

If your child is not yet in CE2, don’t worry, next October we will have a new book and a library card to give away.

Finally, we also bring the illustrator to Tulsa. Katherine Roy will host a free public presentation and book signing at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at Connor’s Cove at the Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St. in Tulsa. Children are encouraged to bring their new book with them to have it signed by Roy.

Whether you’re visiting us at the library for your second year’s new book and library card or planning to attend the presentation to meet the illustrator, we hope to see you soon!

Sarah Dawson is the director of Charles Page Library in Sand Springs.

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