GREENVILLE, N.C. (September 16, 2014) —East Carolina University’s Joyner Library will partner with the Department of English to mark Banned Books Week on Thursday, September 25 with a Read Out and program.
Banned Books Week is an annual event held the last week in September that celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.
The Read Out will begin at 4:30pm in the Sonic Plaza outside of the library. ECU students and faculty are invited to read excerpts from banned or challenged books. Readers are invited to bring their own books and organizers will have books available for attendees. A program about book burning and banning will follow at 5:30pm in Joyner Library room 2409.
“Joyner Library is proud to be the host and co-sponsor of ECU’s Banned Books Reading Event, says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.” “Co-sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider threatening or unorthodox. Many of my favorite books are on the ALA’s list of banned and challenged books, making it hard to choose just one to read from on September 25. Come to the Reading Event – you may be surprised by what you hear,” says Lewis.
Banned Books Week is also sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
“Sigma Tau Delta, the English Club, and the English Department feel honored to help host the discussion of banned books at the 5:30 program,” says Dr. Corinee Guy, professor of English. Guy continues, “We hope the audience will participate during the program, and afterwards continue to question our rights and responsibilities in a free society. Come to Joyner 2409, and let your voice be heard!”
Organizer of the Read Out, Margaret Earley-Thiele says, “We are excited to hold a Read Out, one of several awareness and learning events scheduled during the week, which will kick off on Monday, September 22 with a Life Long Learning class entitled, “You Read Banned Books? How Scandalous!”
This free program is open to the ECU community and the general public.
For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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