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Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/04/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  April 4, 2013


CONTACTS:              Candice Rennels (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]

                                 Carrie Allen (405) 425-0292 or [email protected]




     The nutty tale of three chipmunks and their zoo adventures will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers and guests during Read Across Oklahoma, an annual reading-focused event happening at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Children 11 and under will have the opportunity to participate in reading-related activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoo grounds. In celebration of Read Across Oklahoma, the first 1,000 children to visit will receive a free book courtesy of Target. Plus, the first 100 children to stop by Target’s book giveaway table, located in the Zoo’s Global Plaza, will receive a limited-edition Read Across Oklahoma T-shirt.

     Focusing around the newest children’s book, “Oh, Nuts!” by Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer, the day’s activities are geared to get little ones nuts about reading. Make plans to attend storytelling sessions on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo then visit other activity stations located along the Zoo’s lakeside. Popular PBS KIDS characters Super Why!, WordGirl, Curious George and other mascots will greet guests in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Adding to the day’s excitement, event goers are invited to attend a special performance in the Zoo’s Aquaticus Show Arena at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon, featuring Sauer reading “Oh, Nuts!” and music performances by local band favorite Spaghetti Eddie (aka Brendan Parker and Todd Parsons). Sauer will sign autographs before each performance and her book will be available for purchase in the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. There is no additional fee to attend these performances but seating is limited.

     Event activities are free with Zoo admission thanks to financial and volunteer support from Target. Read Across Oklahoma is a part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and OETA–The Oklahoma Network. This program promotes literacy and helps build the foundation for a lifetime of learning, specifically targeting preschool children who may be at-risk for low literacy.

     Sponsor partners of Read Across Oklahoma 2013 include Capitol Hill High School FCCLA & ROTC, Krueger Charitable Foundation, Metro Technology Centers, Metropolitan Library Systems, North OKC Rotary, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, OZS ZooFriends, Target and the Zoo.

     Read Across Oklahoma–getting Oklahomans nuts about reading! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Find us at or @okczoo. To learn more about this event and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



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