To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, local public libraries and the Lane County Chapter of ACLU of Oregon will host two Banned Books Read-Out events. Admission is free.
On Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., catch the Banned Books Read-Out at Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, inside Springfield City Hall, kicked off by Library Director Rob Everett.
On Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., hear the Banned Books Read-Out at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, featuring Mayor Kitty Piercy and Library Director Connie Bennett.
Both events will include a variety of community members reading aloud passages from books that have been challenged or banned. Everyone is invited to stop by to listen and to borrow books from the libraries that have been targeted by would-be censors.
Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request -- or demand -- that public and school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films, and other resources. For information about recent censorship attempts in Oregon, visit the ACLU of Oregon website: www.aclu-or.org/bannedbooks.
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