Literary classics like Gone with the Wind, Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are among the thousands of titles banned or challenged in libraries across the country.
Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library on the Stephenville campus and the Texan Hall Library at the school’s Fort Worth center will highlight these and other titles in concert with national Banned and Challenged Books Week, Sept. 24-28.
Banning Books Silences Stories is the theme of this year’s event.
“Read-Outs” take place Wednesday, Sept. 26, at both locations, allowing participants to read five-minute excerpts from personal favorites that have drawn criticism. More than 40 participants signed up last year.
Volunteer readers can register at http://trltn.info/read-out.edu and will receive T-shirts.
The event runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Stephenville and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Fort Worth. Everyone is invited.
Kym Schow, coordinator of Access Services at Tarleton’s Dick Smith Library, says Banned Books Week highlights attempts to censor literature.
“Celebrating Banned Books Week gives us the opportunity to talk about censorship and why it’s important to celebrate the freedom to read,” she explained. “Last year was the first time we held a read-out event and it was amazing to see how excited people were about reading banned and challenged books. We hope that this year will be even bigger.”