UST Libraries celebrate Banned Books Week

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UST Libraries celebrate Banned Books Week

The UST community is invited to join the UST Libraries along with libraries and booksellers across the country to celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 4.

First observed by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week draws attention to books and access to them that are challenged in schools and public libraries across the country. The ALA states that "while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen or to view."

Throughout the week the UST libraries will observe Banned Books Week with a display in the Charles J. Keffer Library on the Minneapolis campus, free bookmarks and an informative Banned Books Web site, which will link to a daily online banned books trivia contest. Each day’s lucky winner will be selected randomly from among the correct answers and will receive a $10 gift certificate to the UST Bookstore.

On Friday, Oct. 3, Steve Marquardt, the Minnesota Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty International, will host a conversation about censorship on an international level; his presentation is titled "Banned Books, Burned Books: a Global Human Rights Perspective." Marquardt will speak about Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares the right of everyone to the freedom of opinion and expression. He will tie that into current situations across the globe and what that means for publishers, authors and bloggers.

This free event will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 3, in Room 108, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Bring a bag lunch; drinks and treats will be provided.