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South Mountain Community Library Celebrates Your Right to Read

What do The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky have in common? They have all been challenged or banned from libraries.

Sponsored by the American Library Association and groups of authors, teachers, book sellers and publishers, Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3) honors and draws attention to the freedom to read and the freedom to seek and express ideas — even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Books recognized during this week have been challenged because of alleged racism, offensive language, sexual content and religious viewpoint.

South Mountain Community Library will celebrate Banned Books Week with a September 29 Read-A-Thon from 11AM-12PM in the Library Community Room. Everyone will have the opportunity to read or listen to short selections from a challenged or banned book.

Participants will enjoy desserts and drinks and have the opportunity to win a raffle prize as they hear Dr. Kimberly Pope point out the harms of censorship and share her personal experiences as a board member of the Chandler Public Library.

The South Mountain Community Library will have a display of banned books, which can be checked out. Stop by and pick up a banned book!

The late Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, a frequently challenged, classic novel about book burning in a future society, once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them.”

Celebrate your right to read Banned Books Week, September 27-October 3!

Banned Books Week event is sponsored by the South Mountain Community Library, South Mountain Community College Honors Program and South Mountain Community College Diversity Committee.

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