Come support the freedom to read! The Rodney A. Briggs Library and Sigma Tau Delta student organization at the University of Minnesota, Morris will sponsor a Banned Books Event on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the McGinnis Room. The event, scheduled during the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, will include readings of excerpts from banned or challenged books.
From 2001-2009 there were 4,312 challenges in American libraries. Books like To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, The Kite Runner, the Harry Potter series and the Twilight books are challenged every day. Some of them are pulled from library shelves. The Banned Books event will spotlight banned or challenged books by having individuals read excerpts from them. A discussion on censorship will follow the readings.
Banned Books Week is observed during the last week of September each year. Begun in 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.