Celebrating the Right to Read

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President of the East and Winter Park Campuses

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East Campus kicked off their homage to Banned Books Week on Monday, September 23, 2013 with a variety of activities including informative exhibits, read-outs of challenged or previously banned books, a Banned Book Bash event and a panel discussion for the East Campus community to learn more about book censorship.

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration that aims to bring awareness to book censorship and is sponsored by numerous organizations like the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. The event is also endorsed by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. 

Banned Books Week was coordinated by Reference Librarian Diane Dalrymple. East Campus Librarians Erich Heintzelman and Courtney Moore participated in the panel discussion along with students Jacob Whitney, leader for the Supplemental Learning Program and president of the Student Research Community; and Maria Wheeler of the Seneff Honors College Advisory Board.

Librarian Chris Wettstein hosted a read-out, and several faculty members from the Communications Division participated including, John Hughes, Tori Grajeda, Nicole Valentino, Randy Gordon, James Thomas, James Leonard and Mandy Mahaffey. The books they read from included “Howl,” “Invisible Man,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Butter Battle Book,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Farenheit 451.”

The Book Bash gave students who visited the exhibits the opportunity to learn why certain books have been banned – often for social, political, religious or sexual content. Library staff manned the exhibits, and at each table students received a giveaway and a stamp. When they checked out, students received a free copy of “The Hunger Games and ice cream. They were also entered in a drawing to win a copy of “The Hunger Games film on DVD.

The Banned Books Week celebration concluded on September 28. If you would like to see more photos of the events, visit the East Campus Library’s Facebook page.

For more information about this annual celebration, contact the East Campus Library reference desk at extension 2456.

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