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All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Mon, Sep 07 for Labor Day. No materials are due on this day.

Banned Books Week - Celebrate The Freedom to Read!

Sep 22 - 30, 2013

Every day you read something - a book, a magazine, a blog, a billboard – of your choice. Imagine if you didn’t have a choice, if you could read only what the government or society deemed “official” or “acceptable?” Fortunately, for those of us in America, we can read whatever we want. Our Founding Fathers built into the Constitution the right to read, to write and to receive information without hindrance from the government or other people:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791.

We recognize this most basic of freedoms in a democratic society – the freedom to read freely – and encourage everyone not to take this freedom for granted. During this week we are reminded that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. Palm Beach County Library System and thousands of libraries across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by encouraging you to celebrate with us.

Celebrate the freedom to read with these activities:

American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library!

During the week of September 22, visit any of our branches for a free bookmark and see our special displays.

For more information on challenged books, visit the following Internet resources:

You can also participate in book and film discussions

Book & Film Discussion
Greenacres Branch
Thu, Sep 12, 1:30 pm
Fri, Sep 27, 1:30 pm

Join us for a “spirited” discussion of an Isabel Allende book. Return on 9/27 to see the film based on the book followed by a brief discussion. ©Miramax. (138 min.) Preregister. PG-13

Banned Books Bingo
Greenacres Branch
Tue, Sep 24, 6:30 pm

Celebrate your freedom to read freely with a fun and informative game of "banned books bingo." (60 min.) Preregister.

View & Discuss: Forbidden Reading
Gardens Branch
Wed, Sep 25, 7:00 pm

Everyone should have the freedom to read … and read freely! Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Forbidden Reading” a documentary from the “Empire of the Word” series. ©Films for the Humanities & Sciences. (52 min.) Facilitated by Dr. Sallie Brown, FAU Professor Emeritus. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book Discussion
West Boca Branch
Thu, Sep 26, 10:30 am

Join staff for a lively book discussion on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. (90 min.) Preregister.

Book & Film Discussion
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Sep 26, 2:00 pm

Join staff for a book and film discussion of a classic Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel about individual freedom and book burning. ©Universal Pictures. (113 min.) NR