Townsend Library Banned Books Readout

NMSU-A Web Developer | September 14, 2012

Good day everyone,
Banned Books Week is observed this year from September 30th through October 6th!

Townsend Library is again sponsoring a campus “Read-Out” to highlight the insidious scourge (too much?) of banned and challenged books. We invite you to sign up to read from one of these tomes during our Read-Out event. We have it scheduled from 12:15 pm to 1:00pm on October 4th on the patio (or inside, beside Pizza Patio if the weather won’t cooperate). We can supply you with a list of titles from which to choose your excerpt. (see the attachment)

You may sign up for 5 minute time slots by emailing me or stopping by the library and signing up in person. Pick your book and your slot – oil up your voice and have at it!!

We will accommodate as many of you as we can. I have attached a formal announcement with more information about banned and challenged books. It includes the top ten most challenged books for 2010 and 2011. (here’s an oldie, but still a goodie, idea that is – give your students an extra point or two for participating?!?)

Our event is scheduled to complement the activities being held at the Alamogordo Public Library during that week.

The Alamogordo Friends of the Library will be putting on two events for Banned Books Week:

* banned book discussion of Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, Monday, October 1, 6-7:30 PM

* banned book costume gala – dress as a character or concept from your favorite banned book, Wednesday, October 3, 6-8 PM.

Want a few titles to get you thinking? OK, here are #s 16 through 30 of the top 100 banned books for the decade 2000-2009. I’ve also attached the complete list.

    16. Forever, by Judy Blume
    17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
    19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
    21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
    25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
    26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
    28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
    30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier

** See the attached documents below **

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