Banned Books Week: Library Events

To celebrate Banned Books Week, I noticed several libraries holding special events this week.

Café Banned: Accessing E-books Through Your Library
Central Library US Bank Room, Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-3PM

Electronic books are changing the world in unexpected and disconcerting ways for authors, publishers, libraries and readers. In the last several years, libraries have experienced significant barriers that make it hard or even impossible to provide e-books to library users — including barriers that have been purposely erected to shut libraries and library patrons out. Our panel of experts will explain the barriers to e-book access in libraries that exist today, and tell you what we’re doing to make sure that you’ll have access to e-books from your library now and in the future.

Panelists: Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Director of Libraries, member of ALA E-Content Working Group; Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President, American Library Association (ALA) and former Multnomah County Library Director; Greg Williams, Librarian, West Linn Public Library and Vice-chair, Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library 2Go); Bart King, local author of An Architectural Guide to Portland, The Big Book of Boy Stuff and several other non-fiction works.

Note: Obviously, this event has passed but, lucky for you, we went to this highly informative event and will have our write up later this week!

Celebrate YOUR Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week
Tualatin Library, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

During Banned Books Week, Tualatin Library will have a special display of books that have been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools across the country. Library patrons are encouraged to:
• Check out one of these books.
• Read the information card inside about why the book was banned or challenged.
• Return the card to the library by October 7 for a chance to win a “I Read Banned Books” tote bag!

To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature
Tualatin Library, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7PM

Join us at the library on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm when Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion on censorship.

Recent efforts to remove the “n” word in literature—from the new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave” to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of what some considered offensive language—raise questions about censorship.

Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view?

Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as how language is used in Twain’s and Wilson’s texts. This program is presented in celebration of Banned Books Week, September 30−October 6, 2012 and is part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project.

Banned Books Storytime
Garden Home Community Library, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11:45AM – 12:15PM and Thursday, Oct. 4, 11:45AM – 12:15PM

To celebrate Banned Books Week there will be a multimedia story time event in Room 9 featuring picture books too dangerous to read.

It’s great to see libraries actually getting involved! Let us know if we’ve missed any events!

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