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MSU Library, community partners to host Oct. 1 banned books event

September 21, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University Library, Bozeman Public Library and Country Bookshelf will present “Bozeman Reads…Banned Books” on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the community room at Bozeman Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The focus of this year’s national celebration is young adult books that are banned and challenged frequently in school districts and libraries across the country. The Bozeman event will feature local writers sharing selections from young adult books that have been banned or challenged. Featured readers include authors Rick Bass, Keith McCafferty, Kent Davis and Amy Leach. Additional readers include Zack Bean, Glen Chamberlain, Janet Fox and Mark Miller. Light refreshments will be provided.

Banned Books Week, set this year for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, according to the Banned Books Week website. It was launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The website notes that more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. As part of the week, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to book censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Displays will be exhibited at both the MSU Library and the Bozeman Public Library. 

For more information, contact Sheila Bonnand, MSU instructional services librarian, (406) 994-4130 or

Contact: Sheila Bonnand, MSU instructional services librarian, (406) 994-4130 or