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Being that Oklahoma Gazette is full of words, Chicken-Fried News loves us some literacy! Whether you're getting a Kindle this gift-giving season or still reading the old-fashioned way (magazine kept atop the toilet tank), local organizations want you " yes, you! " to keep at it.

First, the Metropolitan Library System has jumped on the e-book bandwagon with an app that allows you to read free books on your iPhone or Android. Did we mention free? Just grab "OverDrive Media Console" from Apple's App Store and head to www.metrolibrary.org.

Second, Reach Out and Read Oklahoma encourages parents to " brace yourself " spend time with their kids by reading holiday-themed books to them. The organization has even assembled a handy list of suggested titles, from Marion Dane Bauer's "The Christmas Baby" and Laura Krauss Melmed's "Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story" to Melrose Cooper's "Seven Days of Kwanzaa" and Joanne Kimes' "Christmas Sucks."

OK, so that last one's not really on the list. But we commend you on your excellent reading skills.

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