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Posted by MPLadult on September 19, 2017

Facebook1b.pngTo celebrate Banned Books Week, 9/24/17 - 9/30/17, join Minot Public Library staff and several speakers and other local librarians as we talk about the freedom to read. "Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books" will be held Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm in the lower level of the Minot Public Library. Speakers will share information on book banning in North Dakota and discuss their experiences with banned books. Moderated by the ND State Librarian, conversation will also touch on why books are challenged and the importance of intellectual freedom. All ages welcomed.

Why is MPL hosting this event? A library is a place that provides access to as wide a range of information and reading material on a variety of topics. In support of intellectual freedom, Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read and will be held September 25th through October 1st this year. According to “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.”

While the outright banning of books is thankfully low, each year hundreds of titles are challenged. What does it mean when a book is challenged? The American Library Association defines a challenged book as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.” The Minot Public Library will help increase awareness of challenged book titles and the importance of access to information by creating a special display during Banned Books Week and by hosting “Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books” on September 25th at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to learn more about this important topic, please join MPL staff and a variety of speakers and other local librarians on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at the library as we celebrate the start of Banned Books Week with “Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books,” a discussion event. This program is free and open to all and will feature librarians who have dealt with challenged titles and will be emceed by ND State Librarian Mary Soucie. Please call 852-1045 for more information.

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