We Read Banned Books! (Out Loud and in Public!)

Colgate Bookstore news

By Heather Elia

(Hamilton, NY – Oct. 2012) The Hamilton Public Library and the Colgate Bookstore are sponsoring the annual Banned Book Read-Out Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Hamilton Public Library on 13 Broad St.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Hamilton Public Library.

The Banned Book Readout will feature community members from the village of Hamilton and surrounding communities, Colgate University and the MidYork Library system reading passages from their favorite banned or challenged books; each reading will be followed by discussion and questions from the audience.

Some of the readers will include:

* Hilary Virgil, director of the Hamilton Public Library and event emcee

* Beverly Choltco-Devlin, MidYork Library System, giving an introduction and over-view on banned books

* Burt Marshall, community member

* Xavia Andromeda Publius, Colgate University student

* Kate Reynolds, Colgate Bookstore staff

* Kathy Sabino, Hamilton Central School teacher

* Joanne Schneider, Colgate University librarian

* Molly Stahl, Hamilton Central School student

For the complete list of this year’s guest readers and their selections, or for more information about the Banned Book Read-Out, visit colgatebookstore.com/banned.

Observed nationally since 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held each fall, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Book censorship of all kinds – even book-burning – continues today. Challenges may come from parents, teachers, clergy members, elected officials or organized groups and arise due to objections to language, violence, sexual or racial themes or religious viewpoint, to name just a few.

For more information, visit bannedbooksweek.org.

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