You are invited to join the Lewis University Library and the Office of Multicultural Student Services to celebrate our freedom to read!
What: Banned Books Read-Out
When: Monday, Sept. 26, from 12-1 p.m.
Where: Library veranda (rain location: Library Media Classroom)
Banned Books Week is an annual, nationwide event celebrating the freedom to read, and this year’s theme is diversity. Books with diverse content (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities) are generally overrepresented among banned and challenged books; in fact, in 2015, 9 of the 10 most challenged books fell into this category.
To bring awareness to this national week of advocacy, and to commemorate Latino/a Heritage Month, we are hosting a “read-out” featuring Banned Books by Latino/a authors (as well as other diverse books), and we’re looking for Lewis students, faculty, and staff to participate!
WHAT IS A READ-OUT?
A continuous public (or virtual) reading of a single or multiple banned books. (Check out these examples on YouTube.)
WHAT WOULD I HAVE TO DO?
Select your favorite Banned Book (get ideas here!); either bring your own copy or borrow one of ours; and read it aloud on the library veranda for 5-10 minutes.
WHAT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO READ?
Check out this list of Banned Books with diverse content. We’re confident you’ll find something that resonates with you!
Questions? Contact Lindsay at harmonli(at)lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5672. We hope to see you there!