Banned book week preview

By: Jim Hayes 

The Thigpen Library and Volunteer State Community College English Department will celebrate Banned Books Week with open mic readings from 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 26 in Steinhauer-Rogan-Black room 150.

“Any student who wishes to volunteer can read,” said Librarian Laura Sheets who is overseeing the readings.

“Students wishing to ensure that they get to read can talk to a librarian,” said Sheets

The Banned Book Week has been observed since 1982.  Each year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the 10 most challenged books.

“It is a time to promote awareness about intellectual freedom,” said Sheets.

“Most books are challenged by parents who are concerned about the content in those books and they are concerned about having their children exposed to things they aren’t comfortable with,” said Sheets.