Over the last few years, Texas took a step back in time and started banning books that the state politicians deemed overtly against the values of Texans. Topics that centered around race and racism, abortion, suicide, and LGBTQ issues, history, and representation. The move has as many supporters as it does detractors, and the list of titles now banned across 22 school districts is astounding... over 800 books.

Back in March, 2022, Oklahoma lawmakers started down a road of talks that looked like it would end in similar legislation, but they've yet to go as far in the paint as Texas. Even so, there is still a lengthy list of 39 books that remain banned across our state. Of those, there are some real classic titles.

Lord of the Flies - Banned.
Of Mice & Men - Banded.
To Kill A Mockingbird - Banned.
Ironically enough, the Oklahoma original The Outsiders, set in Tulsa, written by a native Tulsan is even on this banned book list. It really is madness on the face of it. I'm surprised Fahrenheit 451 isn't on that list... yet.

The Lawton Public Library is stepping up this week to celebrate National Banned Book Week across the city.

While lawmakers and school districts may have the privilege to determine what they will and won't offer in school libraries, public libraries are sharing it all, as it should be.

If you'd like to peek around and read through a banned book, hop over to the library. They have tons of banned titles on display, and they're encouraging everyone to join in and read something as politically taboo as Harry Potter or the Bible.

Click here for a list of the 100 most banned books in America... and here to see the 10 most challenged banned titles.

Take a virtual tour of the top 5 most luxurious & expensive Airbnb rentals in and around Lawton, Fort Sill

If you're looking for a place to stay for your next staycation. Or maybe you're considering coming to the Lawton, Fort Sill for vacation, military graduation, business, reunion, or family get-together you'll definitely want to check out these incredible Airbnbs. You could make your accommodations a part of the experience itself! Even if you're in town on business instead of pleasure staying at any of these homes would be a welcomed break from the same old, same old. These are some of the most luxurious and expensive Airbnbs in and around Lawton, Fort Sill. Some are in town others are in the mountains, Medicine Park, and Elgin, OK.

Take a tour of this Oklahoma 'Yellowstone' style ranch!

Take a virtual tour of this EPIC 'Yellowstone' style ranch that's for sale in Oklahoma! If you have a spare $1,900,000 you could be the round new owner of this awesome property. It's located at 39111 South Highway 82 in Vinita, OK. it's near Langley, OK. on the Grand River. It features 1,320 feet of riverfront on 69.3 acres. The house, more like a mini-ranch mansion, is a log home with a whopping 6,800 square feet of living space. It contains 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It's listed by Diana Patterson of McGraw REALTORS. Scroll through all the pictures below to take a quick look inside and out of this incredible OK. ranch estate!

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