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Very cool banned books kickoff event at the California State Library. If you’re in the area, listen to folks read from banned books every 15 minutes. What a great idea!

Banned Books to Be Read Aloud by Local Celebrities

Sacramento – Excerpts from banned books will be read aloud at the California State Library for five hours on Wednesday, September 22, in celebration of the freedom to read and the First Amendment. Notable city and state leaders, journalists, librarians, educators, and representatives from labor, sports, and non-profit councils will read from books that have been banned or challenged in the US.

The event will be held in the Fragrance Garden of the California State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend some or all of the readings, which are scheduled at fifteen minute intervals throughout the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is a kick-off for the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, held annually during the last week of September.  Banned Book Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 25 to October 2.

The schedule of readings is as follows:

11:30 a.m. Rivkah Sass, City of Sacramento Librarian, Importance of Freedom of Speech
11:45 a.m. Nancy Lenoil, State Archivist, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
12:00 p.m. Dr Nadeen T. Ruiz, Director, Serna Center CSU Sacramento, Friends from the Other Side
12:15 p.m. Jess Zaker, Lipstick Librarian, Sac City Rollers; Sac City Librarian, And Tango Makes Three
12:30 p.m. Pallas Hupé, CBS 13 News Anchor
12:45 p.m. Sandra Swafford, California State Library Board Member
1:00 p.m. Jeffrey Callison, Host of Insight on Capital Public Radio, Of Mice and Men
1:15 p.m. Ralph Lewin, President & CEO, California Council for the Humanities
1:30 p.m. Mark S. Allen, CW31 Good Day Sacramento
1:45 p.m. John Cornelison, California Research Bureau, California State Library2:
2:00 p.m. Bill Leonard, Secretary of State and Consumer Services, Bible
2:15 p.m. Susan Bassett, Governmental Relations Consultant, A Light in the Attic
2:30 p.m. Linda Adams, Secretary, California EPA, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2:45 p.m. Maria Kochis, Librarian, CSU Sacramento, Valley of the Horses
3:00 p.m. Danny Curtin, Director, California Conference of Carpenters
3:15 p.m. Mariko Yamada, Assemblywoman, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn2
3:30 p.m. Ira Bray, Library Development Services, California State Library, Lord of the Flies
3:45 p.m. Murial Johnson, Director, California Arts Council
4:00 p.m. Gavin Ferguson, The Wake Up Call at 107.9, Catcher in the Rye
4:15 p.m. Player for the new Sacramento Mountain Lions UFL Football Team
4:30 p.m. Stacey A. Aldrich, State Librarian of California, Closing Passage

Local support for the Banned Books event is provided by the California State Library Foundation and by the readers, who are giving generously of their time.


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Celebrate the right to read and think freely!

This inspired (and fun!) all-day event is organized by faculty and staff at the University of Toledo. Open to the public, it features 20-minute presentations about the right to read and think freely, punctuated by song, poems, doughnuts, and door prizes. When has a vigil sounded so fun? From the organizers:

“We are not a library, but we do an all day vigil to celebrate the right to read and think freely.  This fall, we celebrate our 13th anniversary of joining folks around the world in joining the American Library Association’s observance of intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week.  I’m attaching a fact sheet and speaker’s list of our event in case you want to use the information anywhere on your site.  Even if you don’t think we belong on your map, I thought you might like to know about our event.  Last year just over 500 attended our all-day event.”

Find this event on our map, and be sure to attend it if you’re in the area. More info:

When:        September 30, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Where:       UT Honors Program Building, second floor of Sullivan Hall
Who:          UT faculty, staff, and Toledo area residents will give 20-minute presentations about the right to read and think freely. Edmund Lingan and Risa Beth Cohen will sing “Three Troubled Tunes” at 5:30 p.m.

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It’s always such a joy to hear from Roberta Malcolm, of the Country Day School in Huntsville, Alabama. Her programs are thoughtful and creative, and the few times we’ve had an opportunity to see them through photographs, our assumptions were correct: the children are engaged and enthralled by Roberta’s inspired programming and pedagogy. I’ll let her share what she has planned for 2010:

Since 2002, I have honored September 11th with some special reading, display or movie. In 2009 we watched Man on Wire and sent a letter to M. Petit. In the past, we have talked about the dog heroes, tugboat heroes and I will never stop reminding the students about what a wonderful country we live in. I will continue that tradition this year with 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas González (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. I just returned from a trip to Africa ( So. Africa,Tanzania, and Kenya) which my students have been hearing the planning for during the past school year. During my travels, I was able to visit a Maasai village and school. My students will hear about my visit in connection with September 11th and how that event has impacted the world.

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