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Oklahoma Author Visits Two Metro Libraries

Oklahoma author Deborah Ronna Baker will be making two appearances at Metropolitan Library System locations in November to discuss her book “The Porch Down Home.”  The novel, based on true events, examines being cared for by loving grandparents and their importance.

Baker will speak at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, 843-9601, on Saturday, November 6, from 2:00 to 3:00p.m., and will talk again with readers at the Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 N.E, 23rd Street, 424-1437, on Saturday, November 13, from 2:00 to 3:00p.m.  Both sessions are geared for audiences aged 10 and older, and are free and open to the public.

“In her book,” said librarian Jean Longo, “Ms. Baker writes about the trials and pleasures of growing up with grandparents.  It is the story of 17-year-old Avie and her sister, Cassie, who have a traditional Midwestern upbringing with their beloved Bigmomma and Bigdaddy.”

A reviewer of the book from Howard University said that “’The Porch Down Home’ offers a cast of characters as different as night and day that will become like part of your own family.  The author creates a real world peopled with characters—even animals—that are so lively, colorful, and vivid they become your next-door neighbors. No—closer than that; they're like family!

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.  

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.