[HCCN] Fwd: banned books week

Matthew Baya matt at baya.net
Thu Sep 16 13:41:12 EDT 2010

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From: "George Manlove" <George_Manlove at umit.maine.edu>
Date: September 16, 2010 1:28:53 PM EDT
Subject: banned books week

News release - Sept. 16, 2010
Contact: Diane Genthner, 581-1744

UMaine Bookstore Encourages 'Banned Books Week' Activities

ORONO -- The University Bookstore at the University of Maine is joining with the American Library Association in its observance of "Banned Books Week" Sept. 25-Oct. 2 and encouraging public participation by reading a controversial book.

Thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country plan to celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned or threatened. According to Diane Genthner, tradebook
manager at the UMaine Bookstore, the store will host the following activities: displays of banned or challenged books; a top-ten list of the stupidest reasons to ban a book; and information on the history of Banned Books Week.

Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded the public that while not every book is intended for every reader, each reader has the right to decide what to read, listen to or view. This year's observance commemorates the most basic
freedom in a democratic society -- the freedom to read freely and not take that freedom for granted, the ALA says in a statement. 

Classics like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Catcher in the Rye" and even the Harry Potter series, have been challenged by parents or school administrators who believe such books should be banned from school libraries. 

"…Challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others," the ALA says. "Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is
well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves."

Genthner says her support for Banned Books Week observances stem from a love of books, "and by extension, freedom of thought and intellectual freedom." Decisions about what to read or not read should be personal ones, she says, not sweeping
community-wide policies.


George W. Manlove
News Writer
Dept. of University Relations
University of Maine
5761 Keyo Building
Orono, ME 04469-5761
(207) 581-3756

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