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This Ain't Normal coverFALL 2014: Our new Common Reading selection is Joel Salatin's Folks This Ain't Normal.  During the fall we will study modern and traditional agricultural processes and talk about "What Is Food."  Grab a copy today and join us in reading the book and many related activities.  For more information about this book or our Spring 2014 10-Year Anniversary semester authors, see our InfoGuide.

         Fall 2013 Common Reading:  One last event related to the study of India:

KITE FESTIVAL:   May 3rd  10-5 - Come & Go. (Rain Date: May 24th).


OCTC Main Campus, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303


Limited tickets for a free Indian kite available at the OCTC Library front desk through May 2nd (or on site, as available).


Kites, string spools, & snacks for purchase on site. Participants may bring their own kites to the festival—or just come and watch!


Free and open to the public.


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Thank you: Special thanks to the many area donors who are helping us make the Common Reading and other campus initiatives more lasting and vital parts of our community through the NEH Grant efforts. 


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LIBRARY DISPLAY: Each semester the OCTC main campus Library (LRC/LRE building) has a display of materials related to the book, writer, and theme of each Common Reading. Check it out!

LEND & LEAVE BOOKSHELF: In the LRC, upstairs near the art gallery, is a display of books that you may take and keep, take and pass on, or take and return. You may also bring some used books to leave for others.

MISSION STATEMENT: What is the Common Reading? Common Reading logo

Each semester a book is selected as OCTC’s Common Reading, with the idea that all participants could read the same material and have common ground for new discussions and mutual interests. While the book choices vary in many ways (different genres, time-periods, subject matters) they are chosen with the intention of expanding the knowledge and perspectives of readers. The background of the selected writers is diverse; however, many Kentucky and regional writers are also included in order to help us appreciate local talent, acknowledge shared concerns, and celebrate our common heritage. All OCTC students, staff, faculty, and interested community members are invited and encouraged to participate by reading the books and attending the related presentations each semester.