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Common Reading


Spring 2020:  Join us as we read the novel Waverly, by Amy Bellamy.  The novel is a fictionalized exploration of the events and people surrounding the last public hanging in America, which happened in Owensboro in 1936: “In the summer of 2006, Sarah Harper stops by the family farm to visit her grandfather. She soon finds herself caught up in a mystery centered around events that occurred seventy years earlier in her hometown of Waverly.”

The author visit and all related events are free and open to the campus and community.  Author visit: Wed. March 25, at 11 am in Blandford Hall, Humanities Building, OCTC Main Campus.  For updates, see OCTC Common Reading on Facebook.

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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.

Note: Often the Common Reading's subject matter is quite complex. An attempt will be made to include a variety of perspectives on related themes or topics. The choice of book and supporting activities or materials are not intended as an endorsement of any particular viewpoint. If you have suggestions for resources or activities, please let our committee know. Thanks!

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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?

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Each semester a book is selected as OCTCs 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.