Stillwater Masons promote childhood literacy with gift to Stillwater Public Library

Bill Atkinson  Brit Boehmer  Lynda Reynolds  Tom Warren web(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Dec. 29, 2014) — Members of the Stillwater Masons Frontier Lodge #48 showed their support of childhood literacy by giving the Stillwater Public Library a $6000 gift to be used on children’s projects. Library Director Lynda Reynolds was on hand to accept the gift on behalf of the children’s department and children’s librarian Elizabeth Murray.

Murray is using part of the gift to purchase copies of “Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. The books will be given to area teachers to be added to their classroom libraries as part of the Stillwater Public Library’s spring reading event, “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit,” which takes place March 2-April 24.

(Photo: Bill Atkinson, Senior Warden; Brit Boehmer, Worshipful Master; Lynda Reynolds, Library Director; Tom Warren, Junior Warden.)

“In early March, performer Omar Reed will be visiting 3-5 grade classrooms as U.S. Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves,” said Murray. “The books will help children learn more about this legendary frontier lawman.”

According to Murray, the library is evaluating uses for the remaining funds.

“A donation like this does not come along very often,” said Murray. “We want to be the best stewards we can of this generous donation and use it to enrich the literacy of the children in our community.”

For more information about children’s services and materials, please visit the library’s website at or contact the children’s Help Desk at 405-372-3633 x 8108 or

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.