Marking Banned Books WeekDickinson State University’s Stoxen Library will mark the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week with three public readings.
Dickinson State University’s Stoxen Library will mark the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week with three public readings.
Twenty-five books have been selected for readings on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The readings are 10 a.m. to noon, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the main floor of the library.
The last 30 minutes of each session are reserved for anyone who wishes to read from a banned or challenged book.
Jim McWilliams, professor of English, and other faculty will discuss the literature. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
The readings will celebrate the freedom to read and the imaginative power of the written word, according to a press release.
Some of the texts selected include “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Lolita,” “And Tango Makes Three” and “A Light in the Attic.”
Additional books include “Gone with the Wind,” “Kite Runner,” “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Hunger Games.”
Readers include DSU faculty, staff and students.
“Banned Books Week is a wonderful celebration of our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and the press,” Stoxen Library Director Rita Ennen said. “It is one of the ways that ALA and libraries embrace the philosophy of think for yourself and let others do the same.”
For further information, contact Ennen at Rita.Ennen@dic
kinsonstate.edu or McWilliams at James.Mcwilliams@dickinson