|U of M Library Will Host Readings from Banned Books October 1-5
For release: September 20, 2007
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The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will observe Banned Books Week October 1-5 with public readings from banned or challenged books in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library. Readings by faculty, students, and Friends of the Library will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until around 2 p.m.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, which tracks books that have been challenged or banned from libraries or bookstores in the United States.
On the first day of the event, following introductory remarks at noon, U of M President Shirley Raines will read at 12:30 p.m. from a book of the Harry Potter series. That same day at 1 p.m., students from Judith Thomson’s fifth-grade class at the U of M Campus School will read from two of Shel Silverstein’s books, A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends.
The University’s participation in the nationwide project helps call attention to the importance of the rights of free speech and free expression.More information is available from Tom Mendina by phone at 901-678-4310 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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