Thursday, September 25, 2008

Volunteers are needed for Mason Library's READ OUT on October 4

Mason Library will sponsor a “read out” of Huckleberry Finn as the grand finale of it’s observance of Banned Books Week. Beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m., Saturday October 4, volunteers will meet on the library steps to read aloud from Mark Twain’s frequently banned classic. Readings will continue as long as there are volunteers who want to celebrate their right to read and speak freely. Please call Anne at the library (413-528-2403) to sign up or just show up on October 4. Copies of Huckleberry Finn will be available for readers.

Every year many books are challenged or banned across the United States, often on the grounds of religion, language, sexual content or politics. For example, the Harry Potter books have been called celebrations of witchcraft while Huckleberry Finn is frequently banned because the word “nigger” is found throughout . Upsetting as this is to contemporary Americans, Twain himself pointed out that he was accurately reflecting the pre-Civil War speech of people along the Mississippi.

Other banned books will be displayed at the Library throughout the week. For further information, call Director Anne Just at 413-528-2403.

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