Written by Christen Mackenzie Fraley
Banned Book Week is about letting students and faculty know about books that are being banned. It is an annual event.
Banned Book Week started on Monday, Sept. 25, with Amanda Jo Runyon, assistant professor of English, taking her students to the Allara Library for a panel with the librarians about banned books.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, Runyon had a small table with books on shelves next to it in the Benefactors Plaza on campus for “Read Out Against Censorship.” The read out was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as students and faculty were welcome to pick books from the shelf that were labeled as banned. After finding a book, they found a paragraph and stood on the stone wall and read aloud their paragraph.
There is a Banned Books display in the library that will stay up until the end of October, raising awareness about banned books and getting people more interested in banned books.
“‘Censorship is the child of fear, and the father of ignorance,’ said Laurie Halse Anderson,” Fannin said about banned books. This quote from Anderson best describes how Fannin feels about banned books.