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Bar Harbor Library fights censorship with Adult Story Time during Banned Books Week

Posted Sept. 20, 2013, at 8:53 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: Melinda Rice; 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

BAR HARBOR — Strike a blow for freedom of expression during Banned Books Week at the Jesup Memorial Library during Adult Story Time on Friday, Sept. 27 beginning at 7 p.m. Library director Ruth Eveland and a slate of guest readers including Linda Robinson, Ron Beard, Dan Poteet, Ruth Eveland, state librarian Linda Lord and a reader-to-be-named will share readings from books that are frequently targeted for censorship.

Banned Books Week is a yearly event of the American Library Association (ALA) designed to fight threats to free speech and expression by shining a light on them. The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if those opinions might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

In 2012, according to ALA statistics, the top 10 challenged books were: the “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey; “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie; “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher; “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James; “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson; “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini; “Looking for Alaska” by John Green; the “Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz; “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls; and “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.

At the Jesup’s Adult Story Time, each reader will have about 10 minutes to share part of a book that has appeared on the ALA’s Banned Books List over the last 30+ years. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Melinda Rice at 288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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