Banned Books Week is Sept. 24-30.
The end of September means the beginning of autumn is upon us, and so is Banned Books Week, an annual event popularized and publicized by the American Library Association. (Top Ten 2016 Challenged Books List.) One of the things ALA is doing this year is organizing a national Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The ALA states on the Banned & Challenged Books website, “The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament challenges readers to tweet action items that spotlight library resources, First Amendment rights and the harms of censorship using the hashtag #RebelReader.”
On a campus, the University Library is collaborating with the ISU Theater Department in the production of their banned books-themed performance, a series of monologues titled Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues, directed by ISU Assistant Professor Amanda Petefish-Schrag. The monologue series, written mostly by established playwrights, with two monologues authored by ISU students, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 at 7:30, and Oct. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. in Fisher Theater.
Performers will drop by at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 to publicly rehearse their monologues in the Parks Library atrium. The library will present a display of the banned books specifically referenced in these monologues. Please come to check out the rehearsals on Tuesday and Wednesday, the book display, and of course Out of the Fire itself! And don’t forget to become a #RebelReader on Twitter.