2007 Library News

Dust Bowl Weather Discussion at Del City Library

It’s the heart of Oklahoma’s “Dirty Thirties” and the land is dry as flour in a sack.  Robert Geiger, a news correspondent working out of Guymon, OK, has coined the term “Dust Bowl” to describe conditions.  You look out the window and see a wall of dirt two miles high and 100 miles across headed your way at 50 miles per hour.

Thoughtless farming techniques used in the 1920s were in large part responsible for the ecological disaster that overtook Oklahoma and other plains states during the 1930s’, but unusual weather conditions played their part as well.  Join Gary McManus, from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30pm to find out what the weather was really like during the Dust Bowl years, and learn if it could ever happen again.

“This promises to be one of the most fascinating programs we’ve ever presented here at the Del City Library,” said librarian Sam Weehunt.  “With the odd weather we’ve have this summer, lots of people will be interested in finding out more about the state’s peculiar weather patterns.”

“The Climate of the Dust Bowl” is designed for an adult audience.  It is free and open to the public, but please call the library at 672-1377 to pre-register.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org