Dick Smith Library celebrates Banned Books Week

Makenzie Plusnick- Editor-in-Chief

The Dick Smith Library is hosting a Banned Books Read-Out on Sept. 26.
Photo courtesy of Tarleton.edu.

Tarleton is celebrating Banned Books week with a Banned Book Read-Out on Sept. 26. The event, organized by the Dick Smith Library staff, began in 2017.

“The event began with library staff looking for ways to involve the campus community in celebrating Banned Books Week on a larger scale,” Dr. Christy Tabors, Manager of Research & Learning at the Dick Smith Library, explained. “We also wanted to give students, faculty, and staff in Fort Worth a chance to get involved with the celebration. The first event was such a success that the library decided to continue it as an annual event. This is our 3rd annual Banned Books Read-Out.”

Banned Book Week is a nationally celebrated day that began “in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries,” according to Bannedbooksweek.org.

Tabors believes this event is important for several reasons.

“In particular, it allows the Tarleton community to celebrate the freedom to read. It also gives the library an opportunity to educate students, faculty, and staff about banned books and censorship. It is the library staff’s hope that the Tarleton community continues the conversation beyond the event by discussing what it means to have the freedom to read,” she said

The Tarleton community is invited to sign up for times between 11 am and 1 pm on Thursday, Sept. 26 to read passages from books that were once banned or challenged at the Dick Smith Library front porch in Stephenville. This year, the Fort Worth campus will be included in the fun.

“This is our 3rd annual Banned Books Read-Out. We are also facilitating a Banned Book Read-Out event at the new Fort Worth campus, which we are really excited to see grow in participation,” Tabors said.

The Fort Worth event will be held from 4 to 6 pm in the Texan Hall Library.

Tabors enjoys the event.

“My favorite thing about this event is the campus and community involvement. Faculty, staff, students, and community members volunteer to read at the event. It is always exciting to see the passion that the readers bring to this event,” she said.

Tabors has a personal favorite banned book.

“My favorite banned book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book has been banned from schools due to profanity, violence, and sexual references,” she explained.

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