Johnston County Library has announced it will host the Reading Roundup (Double R) Author Tour on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. The Double R Tour is an author and book-signing tour brought to several public libraries and schools across Oklahoma. The tour promotes the love of reading, invites students to have fun with reading, and encourages the discussion of books.  This event will feature children’s book author and illustrator, Hannah Harrison.

The tour will highlight Harrison’s award-winning book “Extraordinary Jane,” written and illustrated by her. Harrison is the winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award for illustration. The book is about an ordinary dog living an extraordinary life with her circus troupe friends. It is a delightful and heartwarming story that shows quiet qualities like friendship, kindness, and loyalty are important and worthy. Harrison is also the author and illustrator of “Bernice Gets Carried Away” and “My Friend Maggie.”

In Tishomingo, Harrison will do a presentation at the both the public library and school. Everyone is invited to the Johnston County Library event at 5:30 p.m. for fun activities, book-signing and reception with the author. Harrison will be signing books at all programs. The Johnston County Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

The book tour will also celebrate the late author Greg Rodgers, who died in 2014 but won the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award for the children’s picture book, “Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale.”

Both authors’ books will be available for purchase at the public school and library events.

The Double R Author Tour is held in conjunction with a $40,000 grant the Oklahoma Department of Libraries received from the Reading Trust. The grant is being used to purchase books by Oklahoma Book Award winners or finalists in the children/young adult category. These books will be placed in all 219 public libraries across the state.

 n the spring of 2017, the Double R Author Tour will culminate with a Teen Book Festival in Guthrie at the Scottish Rite building. It will feature several award-winning authors, book-signing, booths, and reading fun.

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, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Southern Oklahoma Library System.  For more information contact the Johnston County Library, 116 West Main Street in Tishomingo or call 580-371-3006.

To find out more, go to DoubleR.oklibraries.org.