Oct 1, 2010 12:27 PM by Katie Stukey (Great Falls)

"Banned books" highlighted in Great Falls

A week packed with events in Great Falls is encouraging folks to think for themselves and let others do the same.

It's all part of "Banned Books Week."

On Thursday night, a panel of local librarians and a home-schooling family discussed the Montana book "Fools' Crow."

It's been banned in some schools and libraries for what some consider sexual and violent content, but panel members argue it's not their job to impose ideas on society by limiting reading material.

The discussion continues through the weekend; on Friday, a panel at the University of Great Falls will discuss legal matters surrounding the banning of books.

On Saturday, the Great Falls library will show a Harry Potter movie starting at 2 pm.

Also on Saturday, several civic and media personalities will read selections from their favorite banned books at Hastings beginning at 7 pm.

Click here to see a list of some commonly-banned or challenged books.

The following information is from the Great Falls library website:

Banned Books Week 2010 is the 29th annual celebration of the freedom to read. This freedom includes not only choosing what we read, but the right to select from a full array of possibilities. Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The Great Falls Public Library invites everyone in the community to join in this celebration.

Banned Book Week Events

The Great Falls Public Library in conjunction with the University of Great Falls will be hosting a variety of Banned Book Week events to acknowledge and celebrate living in a free society.

Cook Books Bonfire
Sept. 25, Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m.
UGF Campus
We grill up anything that fits between two covers
(think burgers, s'mores, etc.)

Weighing Literary Value Against Challenges
Sept. 30, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Great Falls Public Library
Discussion of Montana author James Welch's banned book, Fool's Crow as a focus to assess how to weigh a book's merits against complaints. The panel includes GFPL Director Kathy Mora, GFHS Librarian BJ McCracken, Home Schoolers Lisa Hardiman and her son Nate, and an as yet TBA English teacher. Kay Silk moderates.

Banned Books in Public Schools
Oct. 1, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
UGF Absolon Lounge
A panel discussion of UGF, Absolon Lounge issues surrounding
book challenges & bans in public schools.

Banned Books from a Legal Perspective
Oct. 1, Friday, 8:00 p.m.
UGF Absolon Lounge
Panel discussion of book-ban legal matters including constitutional challenges and Montana's latest legislation attempts.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Oct. 2, Saturday, 2 p.m.
Great Falls Public Library
A showing of the movie based on the book, which
has been challenged almost 20 times in the USA alone.

Read Out!
Oct. 2, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Local celebrities and notables read selections from their favorite banned books

For information on any of these programs, contact the library at (406) 453-0349

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