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Merrill Library Recognizes Banned Books Week

Machias, ME – You are invited to come and celebrate your freedom to read during the 27th annual celebration of Banned Books Week. Join UMM’s Dead Poets Society, faculty, students, and staff in Portside located in Kimball Hall on the U Maine Machias campus on Thursday, October 2, 2008, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, for a brown bag Banned Books Week Read-Out! Students, faculty, staff, and the public will join to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books. Admission is FREE. Come join the fun! Bring your own banned book (BYOBB), and bring your own brown bag (BYOBB).

Banned Books Week 2008 is the 27th annual celebration of the freedom to read. This freedom, not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

All those in attendance are welcome to express their freedom to read in a unique way by bringing their favorite T-shirt to exchange with another Banned Book reader.

Merrill Library will celebrate Banned Books Week, September 27, 2008 through October 4, 2008 with a display of books that have been banned or challenged over the years.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses it.

For more information about Banned Books Week at UMM, please contact Marianne Thibodeau at 255-1256 or Gerard NeCastro at 255-1293.

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