WSCC Celebrates National Banned Books Week with Public Reading

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Washington State Community College presented a Banned Books Reading event in celebration of National Banned Books Week – held this year from September 30 to October 6, and sponsored by the American Library Association.

WSCC instructor Amanda Anderson hosted the campus event, along with her fall semester Children’s Literature class, Wednesday (October 3) afternoon in the cafeteria. Literature students gave introductory banned-book-reading belovedspeeches about Banned Books Week, followed by a concluding speech. Several Washington State Community College staff and faculty, including WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Claudia Owens, Amanda Anderson, WSCC professor Laura Garcia, Library Director Georgene Johnson and others, read passages from “banned” books such as Huckleberry Finn, Beloved, 1984, The Great Gatsby, Holes, and Harry Potter. An open microphone was also open to students who read selections from their favorite banned books. 

“Celebrating banned books shows support for our First Amendment rights,” says Anderson. “National Banned Books Week also celebrates the freedom to read.”

Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. For more information on National Banned Books Week, go online to the American Library’s website at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek.

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