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MSU and Bozeman libraries to host Sept. 23 event in recognition of Banned Books Week

September 12, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University Library and Bozeman Public Library will present “Bozeman Reads…Banned Books” from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the community room at Bozeman Public Library.

The event is part of the libraries’ celebration of Banned Books Week and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Bozeman Reads…Banned Books” will feature representatives from the MSU and Bozeman communities sharing selections from books that have been banned or challenged. Featured readers include MSU President Waded Cruzado; Kenning Arlitsch, dean of the MSU Library; Lindsay Murdock, president of the Associated Students of Montana State University; Loren Acton, Bozeman Public Library Foundation president and MSU professor; and State Representative Franke Wilmer.

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read, according to the Banned Books Week website. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to the website. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held Sept. 22-28.

Both the MSU Library and Bozeman Public Library will have public displays available for viewing during Banned Books Week. For more information on Banned Books Week, visit http://guides.lib.montana.edu/bbw.

The event is also part of Montana State University’s Year of Engaged Leadership, which highlights the university’s events and activities that develop leadership skills of students, faculty, staff and community members. Events throughout the academic year are intended to inspire engaged leaders on campus and in the community. The year began in August and runs through May.

For more information about MSU’s Year of Engaged Leadership, visit http://www.montana.edu/year/growth.

Contact: Angela Tate, (406) 994-6857 or angela.tate@montana.edu