Banned Books Week September 22?28, 2013 : South Sioux City Public Library Plans Activities to Celebrate the Freedom to Read

The following is a press release that has been today, September 20th, 2013.

Banned Books Week September 22?28, 2013 : South Sioux City Public Library Plans Activities to Celebrate the Freedom to Read

The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City,Nebraska will celebrate Banned Books Week with the following activities.

A Banned Books Week Presentation will be held on Monday September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Dave Mixdorf will discuss Banned Books Week, some of the books that have been challenged.

A Banned Books Week Read-Thon is scheduled for September 24th from 9am to 8pm. The read-a-thon is a public, silent testimony to our freedom to read. Volunteers sign up to read a banned book in the center of the library, in a comfortable arm chair or rocker, for 15-minute segments.

The American Library Association says of Banned Books Week:

The American Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

For more information on Banned Books Week, the presentation, or the read-a-thon, you may contact David Mixdorf, Library Director of the South Sioux City Public Library, 402-494-7545

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