Banned Book Read-Out Focus of October Art Hop at Kalamazoo Public Library

Sep 29, 2014 12:09:46 PM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

Be sure to stop by Kalamazoo Public Library this Friday from 6-8 during Art Hop to hear local celebrities read from frequently challenged books as part of Banned Books Read-Out.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to decide for yourself what to read, listen to, or view. Banned Books Week, observed since 1982, reminds Americans not to take this precious right for granted. Celebrate your intellectual freedom with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Kalamazoo Public Library. Local celebrities will read from frequently challenged books.

  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey – read by Calvin Willson (Kalamazoo Children’s Theater)
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – read by Lori Moore (The Lori Moore Show, WWMT TV)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – read by Elizabeth Kerlikowske (Poet/College Professor)
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – read by Kevin King, (Kalamazoo Public Library)
  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone – read by Glynis Fenn (Radio Theatre/Civic Theatre)


Readings will be approximately six minutes each.

Comics and graphic novels are the focus of this year’s Banned Books Week, and in honor of that focus, KPL will host local comic artists and author wife-husband team Jane Irwin and Paul Sizer who will display their work during the Read-Out. Autographed posters designed by Paul Sizer will be available for guests of the Read-Out.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community --librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. To see the list of 2013’s top 10 most challenged titles, click here

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