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Banned Books to be Read Aloud in Reeves Library Today

“Celebrating the Freedom to Read” is the theme of this year’s Banned Book Week

Bethlehem, Pa., October 1, 2008—Student, faculty, and staff from Moravian College will publicly read from books on the list of those banned. The program will be held today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Reeves Library in observation of Banned Books Week (BBW). Many students and other members of the Moravian community are contributing their time and efforts to join in “Celebrating the Freedom to Read,” the theme of this year’s nationwide BBW observations.

The schedule of Banned Book Day readers is attached and is also available on the Reeves Library website, http://www.moravian.edu/library.

As the Banned Books Week website notes: “Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4). BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.