"If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war."
--From Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451.
The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will be celebrating "Banned Books Week
: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" during the week of September 28 to October 4, 2008. Observed since 1982, this annual event is celebrated during the last week of September. Nationally, Banned Books Week is sponsored by American Library Association
(ALA), the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
, the Association of American Publishers
, the American Society of Journalists and Authors
, and the National Association of College Stores
. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress
As part of the celebration, the Robert R. Muntz Library will hold its annual Banned Books Week Read Out. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the academic community can sign up and read from their favorite banned or challenged books. This is a great way for the community to come together and share readings as well as raise awareness about the dangers of restricting information and ideas in a free society. The details are as follows:
When: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
Where: LIBRARY READING AREA (2nd Floor).
Time: Library Director Jeanne Pyle will open the event with some remarks and a reading of the Banned Books Week Proclamation at 9:45am. The first reader will kick readings off then at 10:00am
. From there, we will have a reader every 15 minutes until 5:00pm
People interested in reading with us can sign up for a 15 minute spot by contacting Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at 903-566-7165 or via e-mail at arivera AT uttyler DOT edu (just replace the AT and the dot with the appropriate symbols for your e-mail). Listeners are welcome to join our audience throughout the day. We are looking forward to seeing you there.