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Banned Books Week 2022

Banned Books Week 2022 @ Milne Library

"Intellectual Freedom & You: Protecting Your Rights," A Presentation by Dr. Martin Garnar.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 3:00-4:00.

Where: The Alden Room, 3rd Floor Milne Library. Reception to follow in 318 Milne.

Martin Garnar, PhD, is director of the Amherst College Library and editor of the 10th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual. His professional activities and speaking schedule reflect a profound inability to say no. A native New Yorker and SUNY alumnus (Binghamton '93, '95), Martin lives in western Massachusetts with his husband Mark and their impossibly cute miniature dachshunds.

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Open Letter Write-A-Thon

When: Monday, Sept 19, 11:00-1:00

Where: 205 Milne

Join library staff in writing open letters to historical and contemporary authors of banned books on how their works have challenged, inspired or informed you.  Refreshments will be served.

Want to Participate Online? Tips for Sharing on Social Media

When Sharing on Instagram or tweeting to a banned or challenged author, or posting about it online, consider:

  • Including the hashtag #DearBannedAuthor. 
  • Discussing how the book impacted your life, made you feel, or your favorite quotes
  • Posting a photo of you reading the book

Reflection Wall

When: Begins Monday, Sept 19

Where: 3rd Floor Milne

Write and share your reflections on the value of freedom of expression, the impacts of censorship, or what intellectual freedom means to you.

Banned Book Karaoke

When: Friday, Sept 23, 11:00-12:00

Where: Online

Join library staff in reading aloud favorite passages from banned and challenged works, or, throughout the week, record and share on social media #bannedbooksweek.

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