McMurry University English Club Observes Banned Books Week

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:30 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

In celebration of our freedom to read, the McMurry University English Club will be reading from selected portions of recently banned books to read aloud on the steps of the Jay-Rollins Library, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 30.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2015, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read. Every year, usually in the last week of September, readers across the nation join together with their favorite novels in hand and express their first amendment rights through the public reading of banned books.

According to the Banned Books Week website, “Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.” The hope of the creators of Banned Books week, and the many people who participate in it, is to show the public why banned books are incredibly necessary to read and share.

The list of these banned books ranges through all genres, from children’s books, like Winnie-the-Pooh, to adult novels, like Fifty Shades of Grey.

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