Community Banned Book Discussion

Every year the library hosts a Community Book Discussion during Banned Books Week. The book we’ll be discussing this year is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.  Free copies of the book are available at the library while supplies last (first come, first served).

Nineteen Minutes follows the unfolding of a school shooting, including the events leading up to the incident and the aftermath of the incident.

The novel asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books.  This year’s Banned Books Week will run October 1-7.

For more than 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, writers, journalists, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

All members of the community are welcome to attend this discussion on Thursday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.

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