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Students featured on NMSU Library's Banned Books Week poster

"Read" posters featuring New Mexico State University students holding books that have been banned will be displayed during Banned Books Week at the NMSU Library. "Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" is observed during the last week of September each year.


Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted. This year's celebration marks Banned Books Week's 27th anniversary, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and it stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

Books that have been banned include "Forever" by Judy Blume, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak.

Besides the "Read" posters, which will be displayed near the reference desk in Zuhl Library starting Sept. 29, there also will be a display of reference books that have been banned, including the dictionary. A display of additional banned books with explanations of why the books were banned will appear in the lobby of Branson Library.

Posters will appear on the ends of book stacks in Zuhl Library that contain banned books. The banned books on these shelves will be wrapped with tape similar to the "caution" tape found at crime scenes. The posters also will appear on easels in the lobbies of both libraries, and Banned Books Week brochures will be available.

Banned Books Week is sponsored nationally by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores; and the event is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For more information visit Branson or Zuhl Library or contact Tracey Thompson at (575) 646-8093 or thomtd@lib.nmsu.edu.