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Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Dates: September 26, 2009 - October 9, 2009

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Rebecca Blakiston

Cost: Free



Celebrate freedom to read at the University Libraries during Banned Books Week, Sep. 26 – Oct. 3, 2009!

Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event promoted by the American Library Association that serves to celebrate the freedom to read and to remind Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

During Banned Books Week 2009 the University Libraries and the student-led Progressive Librarians Guild from the School of Information Resources and Library Science are sponsoring a number of events that are free and open to the public. All are invited to join the discussion on challenging censorship and celebrating our freedom to read.

Banned Books Exhibit

Visit the Main Library lobby to view the Banned Books Exhibit on display from September 26 – October 9, 2009. Curated by the student-led Progressive Librarians Guild at the UA, the exhibit explores challenged books, articles written about questioned literature, and more.

Did you know? The following popular titles included in the exhibit were banned or were challenged:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Free Film Fest about Challenged Books:

This free film festival coordinated by the Progressive Librarians Guild is being held in conjunction with Banned Books Week, and annual event promoted by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read. Anchoring the fest will be Quills, a 2000 feature film starring Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix, and depicting the battle of wills fought between the Marquis de Sade and the French authorities determined to censor his writings. The screening will also include brief tributes to banned books and the silent 1910 version of The Wizard of Oz.


Documentary screening, Read Out, and Panel Discussion:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Main Library lobby.

A viewing of the short documentary film "Writers and Censorship" will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a "Read Out!" where campus and community members are invited to read passages from their favorite challenged materials. A panel discussion about the importance of access to diversity of ideas in a democratic society concludes the program.

For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm