When the Wind Came Sweeping Down the Plain: the Dust Bowl Revisited at the Belle Isle Library


Wind conditions may be tough right now, but they are nothing compared to the 50 mile per hour winds during the Dust Bowl storms of the 1930’s.  These ten-thousand-foot high storms brought death and devastation to people and animals alike, laying waste to rich farmland and destroying communities.  The Dust Bowl is an inescapable element in Oklahoma’s history.

In his book, “The Worst Hard Time,” Timothy Egan discusses the causes of the Dust Bowl and the devastating aftermath in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.  The Belle Isle Library will be hosting a book discussion of this title on Saturday, February 22nd, at 2:00pm. The book discussion will be led by Dr. Lloyd Musselman, historian and retired professor. 

Egan’s work is the first in a series of book discussions at the Belle Isle Library based on the Dust Bowl and its lasting effect on Oklahoma.  The book discussion series, The Worst Hard Time Revisited: Oklahoma in the Dust Bowl Years, is part of the ‘Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!’ program sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.  In total, the book series will cover five titles related to the Dust Bowl and each will feature a humanities scholar to broaden the discussion.  Attendees may attend one or all of the sessions.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information about the series, call 843-9601 or visit Metropolitan Library System’s website at www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, 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.