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Banned Books Week Read Out – looking for readers… and listeners

The USF Polytechnic Library invites you to celebrate the freedom to read by participating in a READ OUT! event during Banned Books Week (September 26 to October 3).

  • 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: Tuesday, September 29, 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 2008-2009 list of challenged or banned books and the list of the 100 most challenged or banned books from 2000 to 2007 for title ideas.) We’ll do our best to accommodate your preferred time.

Don’t want to read out loud? Come listen to the readers and come to the Library during the week to check out the displays and pick up a handout. We’ll also have a door prize drawing the day of the Read Out.

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

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  • [...] This morning, in The Ledger newspaper, an article was published on the Library’s Read Out event on September 29th. During the event, we will be reading passages from banned or challenged books out loud. [...]

  • [...] For more information about this event, visit the USF Poly Library Blog. To see the complete 2008-09 banned books (pdf) list press here. And, I invite you read my full Q&A with Mrs. Lavellée-Welch here to get a better idea of how important this issue really is for all of us alike. Leave a comment   Posted in Arts Tags: building, conservative, fl, florida, free, history, important, library, polk, south florida Related Posts Save Money by Saving WaterHispanic Heritage: Celebrating Around TownThe Simplicity of Micro Irrigation Installationinspired and fueledKeeping the Scene GoingReligion in the City: Singles Love TooReligion in the City: Despite MeThe 1990s from Tom HagertyHow the Moon Landing Felt From the Phu Cuong BridgeTom Hagerty’s 1980s [...]

  • It is more important than ever that people challenge themselves to try to understand alternative viewpoints. the role of devil’s advocate is tremendously important in raising awareness.