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Banned Books Week

Panel addresses challenges of an American classic

September 21, 2009
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer-Prize winning work of classic American literature. It’s also one of the most often banned books in the nation.

Beginning Sept. 26, the Curriculum Materials Library (CML) at Oklahoma State University will commemorate Banned Books Week with efforts to educate the community about the impact of censorship.

“This year’s Banned Book Week coincides with a city-wide reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to highlight this often-challenged title found on required reading lists in many high schools, as well as on most high school library shelves,” said Shonda Brisco, CML librarian.

“By discussing the novel and the ways in which to address issues of censorship in classrooms and school libraries, we prepare future educators in supporting their students’ right to read.”

Banned books from the CML’s collection will be displayed throughout the week, and the CML will hold a panel discussion Sept. 30 at noon, in 010 Willard Hall.

The panel discussion, “Teaching the Banned Book,” will be led by librarians and teachers from the Stillwater community: Susan Stansberry, library science and information technology professor; Kristy Self, Stillwater Junior High AP-English teacher; Beckie Rogers, Stillwater Junior High librarian; and Shonda Brisco, assistant professor and CML librarian. The panelists will share information about To Kill a Mockingbird, along with teaching tips and personal experiences with challenged and banned books.  

Banned Books Week highlights books that have been banned or challenged based on political, religious, sexual or racist grounds. Observed since 1982, this annual American Library Association event reminds Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted.

To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit www.ala.org. For additional information on this or other OSU Library events visit www.library.okstate.edu/news.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall09/bannedbooks.htm
Last Updated: 10 March 2010