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Banned Books Read-In Planned at Watson Library

National Library Association Holding 30th 'Banned Books Week'

September 19, 2012

J.D. Salinger's

J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" tops many lists of popular banned books.

Persons interested in personal freedom and literature are encouraged to reserve a 10-to-15-minute time slot in which to read from their favorite banned book Oct. 1, 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 30th 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 some place in the world at some time.

Last year, excerpts were read from such famous banned books as Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, as well as Suzanne Collins’ 2008 young adult, science fiction novel, The Hunger Games, The Diary of Anne Frank, a children’s discovery book called Where Did I Come From?, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Chris Crutcher’s Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.

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