East Providence, RI – The East Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Chapter of the ACLU invite all citizens to a program commemorating Banned Books Week 2014 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Champlin Program Room of the library.  Launched in 1982 by the American Library Association and other literary organizations, Banned Books Week draws attention to the importance of ensuring access to all literature. More than 11,000 books, including many classics, have been challenged since 1982, with over 300 books being challenged or banned in 2013.
John Dineen, an ACLU volunteer attorney for over 20 years, will offer brief remarks on censorship to open the evening.  Living Literature actors will present Authors on Censorshipa 25-minute dramatic presentation using selections from authors as varied as Harper Lee, Lemony Snicket, George Bernard Shaw, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, and Salman Rushdie, as they talk about the impact that censorship has had on their own and others’ writings.  Along the way the audience will hear some of the reasons books have been banned or restricted over the years.
Join us for an important and inspiring evening. Celebrate your freedom to read freely!  Light refreshments will be served.  Questions? Contact Joyce May at 434-2453 or eplibraryjoyce@yahoo.com