Sponsor a banned book to support the right to think freely

September 19, 2013 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts, Library
By Kevin Bucher

Every year countless books are banned in the United States and around the world. Help support the right to read by donating a banned work for The University of Toledo’s Banned Books Week Vigil.

banned books spinesBooks that have been banned include popular titles: Harry Potter Series, Fifty Shades of Grey, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Brave New World.

Those who donate or purchase a book to be given away during the vigil are included in the “Champions of Freedom of Expression” list and their names appear in the front of the titles they purchase. The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore located in the Gateway is coordinating the venture.

Every half hour, donated books and door prizes will be given away at the vigil, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library near the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week inspires UT’s intellectual freedom festival and thousands of other events across the country.

A list of banned books is available on the American Library Association’s website at ala.org.

“Buying a book is a way we can all participate in the campus celebration of reading and thinking freely,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication. “The banned books week vigil depends on campus-wide support to thrive.”

To donate, contact the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore at 419.530.2516 or toledo@bkstore.edu by Friday, Oct. 5. Cash donations for purchasing books also are welcome.

For more information about the 16th Annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil, contact Kilmer at paulette.kilmer@utoledo.edu.

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