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Banned Books Read-In Planned at Watson Library

Harry Potter Among Books Banned Somewhere in the World

September 17, 2013

Joyce Dozier, associate professor of criminal justice, reads from a favorite banned book in 2011.

Joyce Dozier, associate professor of criminal justice, reads from a favorite banned book in 2011.

Persons interested in personal freedom and literature are encouraged to reserve a 10-minute time slot in which to read from their favorite banned book Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Wilmington College’s Watson Library.

Wilmington College’s Education Department and Watson Library are sponsoring the annual Banned Books Read-In as part of the National Library Association's 31th anniversary observance of “Banned Books Week.”

Books ranging from the Holy Bible to Harry Potter to Charlotte's Web and To Kill a Mockingbird have been censored, suppressed, hidden, given limited access and outright banned some place in the world at some time.

Last year, excerpts were read from such perennial classic banned books as To Kill a Mockingbird and Huck Finn, in addition to The Day No Pigs Would Die, Decameron, Our Bodies – Ourselves, A Wrinkle in Time, Leaves of Grass, the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Reading spots can be reserved by calling Joni Streber at Watson Library at (937) 382-6661 ext. 345. Refreshments will be served.