National Banned Books Week – get involved!

The USF Polytechnic Library invites you to celebrate the freedom to read by participating in a READ ALOUD event during Banned Books Week, from September 27 to October 4, 2008.

What: Read from a challenged or banned book for a 15 minutes period. There is no microphone, no sitting audience – you read from a passage of your choice from a book of your choice in a normal voice to passers-by. Anyone can read: students, staff or faculty members.

When: Thursday October 2nd from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and from 4:30 PM to 6 PM

Where: On the LTB terrace, outside the USFP Library/Open Use Lab

Why: Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

How: Sign up with the librarian, Catherine Lavallée-Welch (, with your preferred time and title (if possible, readers should bring their own books since the Library has a limited selection. Please see the list of the 100 most challenged or banned books from 2000 to 2007 and the 2007-2008 list of challenged or banned books for title ideas.) We’ll do our best to accommodate your preferred time.

Don’t want to read out loud? Come to the Library to check out the displays and pick up a handout.

Find more information about Banned Books Week and the freedom to read on the American Library Association website.

UPDATE: I corrected the URL for the Banned Books Week webpages.

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