Oprah’s Farewell Spectacular, Part 1
…Celebrities aren’t the only ones who have surprises in store for Oprah. The United Center audience brought along some of their “favorite things” to present to the guest of honor. Every person in attendance bought at least one children’s book, which will be used to stock empty library shelves at KIPP Believe College Prep in New Orleans. This school lost all its books during Hurricane Katrina, and when a tornado came through two years later and ripped out an entire wall, the repairs used up the school’s library funds, leaving no money for books.
Of course, literacy is an issue close to Oprah’s heart. Back in 1986, Tom Hanks says, no one would have guessed that a daytime talk show could inspire people to read, but The Oprah Show did just that. It’s been estimated that Oprah’s Book Club has helped sell 30 million books.
…Grammy-winning artist John Legend joins the party from New Orleans, where he’s on location at KIPP Believe College Prep with students and their families. “Oprah, this school library desperately needed a little Oprah Show makeover love. So over the past several weeks it has been rebuilt in your honor,” John says.
To complete the makeover, more than 100 Target team members worked around the clock, filling the shelves with 2,000 brand new books and installing dozens of new computers, an interactive whiteboard and a state-of-the-art system to keep track of all the titles. Inspirational artwork was added to the walls, and now, there’s even a “chill zone” where students can kick back and read.
But that’s not all! In honor of Oprah’s historic 25 seasons, Target and The Heart of America Foundation are planning to rebuild 25 additional school libraries across the country.
(Original links at www.oprah.com)