Salisbury, MD – According to PEN America, more than 1,500 books have been banned in schools in recent months.
Salisbury University Libraries brings attention to historical and current attempts to censor books with its Banned Books Week event 2-5:45 p.m. Friday, September 23, at the Dr. Ernie Bond Curriculum Center in Conway Hall. Participants also may join virtually.
Banned Books Week (September 18-23) is an annual event focusing on the impact censoring books can have and underscoring the importance of the freedom to read.
Mother-and-son author/illustrator duo Carole and Jeffery Boston Weatherford deliver the event’s virtual keynote address. Dr. Michèle Schlehofer, SU professor of psychology; Seth Hershberger, director of the Wicomico Public Libraries; and Jamie Watson, collection development manager at the Baltimore County Public Library follow with a panel discussion.
Sponsored by SU Libraries, Wicomico Public Libraries, the MLA Intellectual Freedom Panel and the Eastern Shore Regional Library, admission is free and the public is invited. To register, visit https://cutt.ly/BBWevent.
Those planning to park on campus must register in advance for a free parking pass at http://webapps.salisbury.edu/parking/visitor/.