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OCCC Reads is a one book / one community program.

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OCCC Reads: Water Matters 2015-2016Welcome to OCCC Reads! This year the Library continues the tradition of one book/one community programs. This year’s book is the anthology Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

We encourage all interested faculty to incorporate this classic into their curriculum for the fall and spring semester.

The Library will have free copies of the book for your classes before the fall semester begins. Teaching tools are available on our LibGuide. 

The anthology includes chapters on agriculture, conservation, dams, ethics, our water future, public health, right to clean water, water supply, a variety of global “hot spots”, and other compelling topics.

The Library has created a LibGuide devoted to Water Matters. The LibGuide has a summary of each chapter in the book as well as reasons on how to use the chapter in your class. There are also links to water organizations, facts, resources, ways to make a difference, and more.This guide is a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions to share, let us know!


For more information about OCCC Reads, please contact:

Rachel Butler, (405) 682-1611 x7643

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Past OCCC Reads Events

2014: The Things They Carried

  • October 13: A Soldier's Sweetheart film screening and discussion with Professors Leslie Jones and Dean Reusser
  • October 29: Book Discussion with Professors Darby Johnsen and Ray McCullar with Librarian Tricia Sweany

2013:  In the Time of the Butterflies

  • October 7-8: "OCCC Reads: Reader's Theater for In the Time of the Butterflies" 
  • October 9: "Excel Series: In the Time of the Butterflies" film screening and discussion with Professors Rachel Olsen and Nate Vanden Brook

2012:  The Great Gatsby

  • October 8-9: "OCCC Reads: The Great Gatsby Readers’ Theater" organized by Dr. Michael Snyder 
  • October 11: Retired OCCC Prof. Richard Rouillard, "Life During The Great Gatsby Era" talk 

2011: A Lesson Before Dying

  • October 12: Dennis Fritz, Innocence Project speaker and author, "Journey Towards Justice" talk

2010:  The Maltese Falcon

  • February 18: Book discussion, moderated by Professors Darby Johnsen and Ray McCullar
  • February 23: Film screening of The Maltese Falcon. Introduction to the film by local classic film expert Elizabeth Anthony

2008:  Fahrenheit 451

  • October 14: Dr. Joey Senat, OSU Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Law expert, “Dangers of Censorship” talk
  • October 30: Book discussion, moderated by Professor Ray McCullar