How would you feel if your favorite books were banned? Did you know that some of the most famous novels in history have actually been banned? For example, Scott F. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby,” was banned by the Baptist College in Charleston, S.C. for having “sexual references.”
As part of the annual “Banned Books Week,” Alvernia University, will host a special event on Wednesday, September 29, from 2 - 4 p.m. Members of the library staff will hold readings of several “banned books” on the library steps, and several other locations on campus.
In addition, there will be a display case of several banned books in the library, as well as a “graffiti” wall where students can write their thoughts and opinions on censorship and banned books.
Banned Books Week is a yearly event celebrating the freedom to read without fear of censorship. It is held during the last week of September, and is sponsored by foundations like the American Library Association and the American Society of Journalism and Authors. It is also endorsed by the U.S. Library of Congress.
Alvernia’s Banned Books event is being sponsored by the Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center.