Minot Public Library celebrates the freedom to read

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read and will be held Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 this year. According to bannedbooksweek.org, “Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.”

While the outright banning of books is thankfully low, each year hundreds of titles are challenged. The Minot Public Library will help increase awareness of challenged book titles and discuss the importance of access to information by hosting “Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books” on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

People interested in learning more about the topic can join MPL staff and a variety of speakers and other local librarians Monday at 7 p.m. at the library as they celebrate the start of Banned Books Week with “Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books,” a discussion event. This program is free and open to all and will feature librarians who have dealt with challenged titles and will be emceed by N.D. State Librarian Mary Soucie. Call 852-1045 for more information.