Oklahoma City Zoo to host children’s literacy event

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Zoo will host an event to promote children’s literacy.

Read Across America will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children can participate in various activities that promote reading and literacy. The first 1,000 kids through the gate will receive a free book, courtesy of Target. The first 100 kids will get free t-shirts.

The cast of the PBS KIDS program Super Why! will be there to meet and greet with zoo-goers,  and children’s entertainer, Spaghetti Eddie will perform some of his songs.

Stop by the Children’s Zoo for Story Time on Grandma’s Porch; story time will last for the entirety of the event. Oklahoma author, Stacy Nyikos will also have a reading from her children’s book, “Toby,” during the Zoo’s sea lion presentation at 11 a.m.

All of the event activities are free with general admission.

“Read Across Oklahoma is part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and OETA–The Oklahoma Network. The 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,” according to a a statement from the Zoo.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

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