WIU Libraries Celebrate Banned Book Week with Banned Book Readings Oct. 2 at Malpass Library
September 25, 2012
MACOMB, IL – In honor of the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, Western Illinois University Libraries will present "Banned and Determined," an evening of readings from censored, banned and challenged books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Leslie F. Malpass Garden Lounge.
According to Krista Bowers Sharpe, reference librarian at University Libraries, the program will feature Western faculty, staff and students reading from works that individuals, at various times and places, have tried to suppress. This year's featured books are among the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2011, including Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," Suzanne Collins' popular "Hunger Games" trilogy and the "Color of Earth" graphic novels by Dong-Hwa Kim.
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of controversial reading sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). This year, Banned Books Week will take place Sunday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 6. According to the ALA, the annual celebration of controversial reading is in its 30th year. (For more information, see ALA's website at www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek.)
"Western Illinois University Libraries' faculty and staff encourage all readers to join with the ALA in celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week and at all times," Bowers Sharpe said. "Our celebration of 'Banned and Determined' is open free to the public."
For more information, contact Tammy Sayles, marketing and outreach librarian, at (309) 298-3298 or at TJ-Sayles@wiu.edu.