2011-09-29 / News

Banned Books Week celebrated at library

The Jamestown Philomenian Library and the American Library Association will sponsor Banned Books Week ending Sunday, Oct. 2, an annual celebration for a reader’s right to access books without censorship. This year’s observance commemorates the most basic freedom to read freely and encourages readers not to take this freedom for granted.

Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded readers that while not every book is intended for every reader, each reader has the right to decide for themselves what to read, listen or view.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library and thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned or threatened.

The American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores sponsor Banned Books Week. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses the observance.

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