College Library to Host Banned Book Reading
What do “The Great Gatsby,” “Gone with the Wind,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The Call of the Wild” have in common, besides being classic works of American literature?
They were all, at one time or another, banned from bookshelves due to questionable content.
The Derrell Roberts Library of Dalton State College encourages book lovers to “celebrate the freedom to read” at a Banned Book Reading Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8 pm at the College. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
Faculty, staff and students of the College will read selections from formerly banned books, said Melissa Whitesell, Reference/Instructional Librarian at the Roberts Library.
“The library is hosting this event to draw attention to the importance of intellectual freedom, and the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular,” she said. “Banned Book Week events are instrumental in efforts to block censorship and raise awareness of the value of literature in our society.”
Preceding the readings from formerly banned books, Jody Trost, Coordinator of the College’s First Year Experience and Peer Instruction programs, will briefly review rights to freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Those with questions are invited to call the Roberts Library at 706-272-4575.