Tulsa teacher opens outdoor library for kids

Posted at 3:58 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 11:53:54-04

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa teacher is working to get free books to kids who might not otherwise have them.

With schools and public libraries closed, families who might not have the money for extra books are having to make do. That's where Donna Bishop is stepping in.

The McKinley Elementary School librarian is determined to bring the books to the kids, no matter what. So with schools closed down, she’s moved her operation outside.

At the end of the McKinley Elementary grab and go lunch line, Bishop offers for free books from her library that normally don’t leave the shelves.

"When we have more popular works that they have available in the library, these books are passed over," Bishop said. "But now they’re the cream of the crop.”

Bishop says she does it because with all the public and school libraries shut down, many kids who love to read might not have access to free books.

To keep her makeshift library open every day, she grabbed books from her own library, schools that are shutting down, and several donations.

Bishop says now is the most important time for families to stock up on books, because this summer might become a reading summer, with community centers and pools closed.

"Take what you can get right now, because this summer is not going to be the same as it was last summer,” Bishop said.

For the next two weeks, she will be at her outside library every day handing out books and learning materials.

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