The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a presentation titled “Wicked Books and Why We Love Them” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The program will be presented by Karen Antell from the University of Oklahoma.
“Every year in the United States, hundreds of books are challenged or banned. A ‘challenge’ means that someone attempts to have a book removed from a library, school, or bookstore. A ‘ban’ occurs when a book is actually removed,” explained Ms. Antell. “In our country, everyone has the right to express their opinion. But people who challenge books are not just expressing their opinions — they are trying to prevent others from reading and even having an opinion about books they don’t like!”
According to Antell, the books that are challenged and banned most frequently are some of the most beloved and bestselling books, such as: Little House on the Prairie, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Harry Potter series. Antell’s presentation “Wicked Books and Why We Love Them” explores this connection: why the books we love most are often the books that are most feared and hated in our society. Karen Antell is a librarian and a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. From 2002 to 2005, she and her spouse and children lived in one of OU’s dormitories with 1,000 freshmen, serving as a faculty-in-residence family. Antell is passionate about helping students succeed and thrive at OU. In her spare time, she sings with the OU Chamber Singers and plays piano for her church.
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Altus Public Library. The meetings are free and open to the public.
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