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Banned Books Event Sept. 23

Posted by Peter Bremer on Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013


Celebrate the freedom to read at Banned Books on Monday, September 23rd at 7:00pm in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.

Each year, hundreds of books get challenged in schools and public libraries. The American Library Association reported that between 2000-2009 there were 5099 challenges. Reasons for challenges include sexuality, offensive language, unsuitability for age group, and violence, but the end result is that many books are removed from the shelf where no one can read them.

Individuals are invited to choose a banned or challenged book and read a short excerpt of no more than 5 minutes. To see a list of past banned or challenged please go to frequently challenged books. Contact Julie Arhelger at arhel006@morris.umn.edu to be put on the reading list.

Following the readings there will be an informal discussion on censorship.

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event is sponsored by Briggs Library and Sigma Tau Delta.