Reach Out and Read book drive at Mother Road Market

The Route 66 food hall will hold a month-long book drive to help underserved communities across Tulsa have access to children's books.


Mother Road Market, a nonprofit development of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, announced the launch of its first annual Reach Out & Reach Book Drive on Wednesday. The book drive will launch this Friday, March 1 and extend through Sunday, March 31. During the month of March, Tulsans can drop off new or gently used books for children aged birth through five years at Mother Road Market. Donation boxes will be located at the front and rear entrances of the building. 

Read more about what Mother Road Market has to offer here.


March 2 — Read Across America Day

In celebration of the launch of the book drive, Mother Road Market will celebrate "Read Across America Day," a nationwide day of reading, on Saturday, March 2. This special event, heavily focused on children's programming, will include the below slate of activities:

10:30am-11:30am - Story time for children featuring Jeff Martin of Magic City Books reading Where the Wild Things Are, Cat in the Hat, Giraffe & a Half.

11:00am-11:30am - Costume contest for children, featuring a parade through Mother Road Market, and announcing the costume contest winner. Children should come dressed as their favorite book character!

12:00pm-12:30pm - Bilingual story time with Judy Glenn, spoken in French.

Additional activities between 10:00am-1:00pm:

  • Face painting from Wonderworks Tulsa ($5)
  • Tulsa Public Library Pop Up - Get your library card and more!
  • Children’s Museum Discovery Lab - Come-and-go STEAM Exploration, where your kids can explore the power of electricity with Circuit Block Spin Art, design habitats for animals at the Paper Engineering Station, investigate the properties & formations of bubbles, and dive into our hands-on Oobleck tub. (FREE)
  • Drop off your book donations!
  • Magic City Books Pop Up shop in The Vault space.

Mother Road Market is proud to partner for this book drive with Reach Out & Read, Tulsa Educare, Tulsa World, Magic City Books, Tulsa Teens Unite for Literacy, and the Talking is Teaching Campaign by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Reach Out & Read will distribute the books at the end of the drive, and the books will be distributed to medical clinics in and around Tulsa.



Mother Road Market, a nonprofit development of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, is housed on historic Route 66 in the 1939 Scrivner-Stevens Grocery building. Mother Road Market is a vibrant community space, allowing Tulsans and tourists alike to eat, sip, shop and enjoy over 20 different business concepts, all under one roof. Customers are also able to browse specialty gift items in our retail store options and even purchase fresh ingredients like local produce, meat and dairy to take home and cook their own creations. The WEL Bar offers a full bar, plus coffee offerings throughout the day. Kitchen 66, Tulsa’s kickstart kitchen and program of Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, is housed at Mother Road Market and also operates the Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe and Kitchen 66 General Store. Mother Road Market features a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, indoor and outdoor seating areas with views of downtown Tulsa, nine holes of Mother Road Mini Golf, rentable event spaces and children’s play areas. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to use the 320 square foot small shop model to pilot test their latest concepts without the burdensome financial investment of opening a full-scale restaurant or retail space. Learn more here.

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