Stories Across our State

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The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is exploring Oklahoma!


Join us for a free, interactive reading of Dust Storm by illustrator Christopher Nick!

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is proud to present Stories Across Our State, a free and interactive children’s reading program! Thanks to generous support from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, children will have the opportunity to enjoy an engaging and imaginative reading of Dust Storm, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s award-winning children’s book, with illustrator Christopher Nick! Followed by a craft time led by Nick, each child will also receive a free autographed copy of Dust Storm!

Born and raised in rural Oklahoma, Christopher Nick’s vibrant illustrations bring Dust Storm, written by Jane McKellips, to life. Nick attended the Atelier LeSueuer before apprenticing with national illustrator Mike Wimmer to complete his professional training. Currently residing once again in his home state, Nick continues to pursue artistic endeavors while embodying the ingenuity and integrity of a true Oklahoman.

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma counties. Since its-inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to schools, teachers and communities in rural Oklahoma. Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards of up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college. For more information, please visit



Stories Across Our State - Scheduled Events

Monday, July 16

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Johnston County Library

116 West Main Tishomingo, OK 73460

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Coal County Public Library

115 West Ohio Coalgate, OK 74538

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Atoka County Library

279 East A Street Atoka, OK 74525

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

Tuesday, July 17

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Heavener Public Library

203 East C Avenue Heavener, OK 74937

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

Wednesday, July 18

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Stigler Public Library

410 N.E. 6th Street Stigler, OK 74462

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Latimer County Public Library

301 West Ada Wilburton, OK 74578

Link to Facebook Event HERE!

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