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Greenfield Community College

Banned books ‘read-out’ at GCC today

GREENFIELD — What do “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Brave New World” and “The Hunger Games” trilogy have in common? They all were banned by libraries and schools last year.

As a part of a nationwide celebration of “Banned Books Week,” Greenfield Community College will host a “read-out” today at noon in the library.

People are invited to bring their favorite controversial books and read passages from them out loud during the event. The goal, said librarian Liza Harrington, is to show how censorship of books stifles growth and prevents the opportunity for a person to be exposed to new ideas.

“Freedom of access to information is one of the most important philosophies that librarians should have,” said Harrington. “We’d like to think we provide all information including things people may find offensive.”

On Thursday at 11 a.m., local children’s book author Rich Michelson will speak about his experiences with controversial content, and how he talked about the topic with editors.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Chris Shores can be reached at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 x264

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