Canisius College Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library hosts its 4th Annual Banned Book Week in coordination with the annual American Library Association (ALA) commemoration from Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5, 2012.
The daily Read Out remains the feature of this week-long commemoration from 12:05 – 1:00p.m. College President, John J. Hurley opened this year’s Banned Book Week with a ceremonial Cutting of the Yellow Caution Tape on Monday, October 1st at 12:05 pm on the library’s first floor adjacent to the Vogt Gallery.
Banned Book Week celebrates intellectual freedom, including freedom to read, benefits of free and open access to information, and also draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books, currently and historically.
Canisius librarians use this week to encourage dialogue that supports freedom to access information, artistic expression, and tolerance. By using the theme, TOLERANCE, the librarians emphasize their long-held professional ethic ---intellectual freedom for all. They join their colleagues throughout the U.S. in this annual commemoration, now in its 30th year. The first Banned Book Week was held in Chicago, and continues there in Bug House Square across from the Newbery Library where speakers and readers address the crowd from old-fashioned soap boxes. As a nod to our colleagues in Windy City, your Canisius Librarians have dubbed their Read-Out space, Bug House Square East.
The Read Out offers participants an opportunity to read aloud from classic books once censored, considered improper, or challenged for ideas (e.g., racism; politics; ethnicity; language; etc.) Readers may participate in one or all five Read Outs. Readers may choose to select a short, evocative written piece that may have impacted their own attitude toward censorship or tolerance. Participants share their selection, usually with short remarks to place it in context. Please prepare a reading of no more than 5 minutes to allow for all participants to share.
A sign-up board for a specific time will be available on Friday, September 28 near the library service desk.
For ongoing updates to Canisius Banned Book Week click: http://libguides.canisius.edu/banned?hs=a
For ALA’s list of books and information click : http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek
For more information contact: Kathleen DeLaney, Archivist/Reference Librarian at ext. 8421 or firstname.lastname@example.org