The Philippi Public Library will join in with thousands of individuals and organizations across the country when it celebrates "The Freedom to Read," the American Library Association (ALA) sponsored salute to Banned Books Week through Oct. 6.
"By focusing on efforts across to the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship," according to the ALA website. from www.ala.org. Readers may read about celebrations in the 50 states and also contribute their own readings to the ALA's virtual read-out.
Locally, an evening of celebrating the 30th anniversary of "The Freedom to Read" will be at the Philippi Public Library from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Guest readers will read excerpts from their favorite banned books. The event will also feature a brief discussion with audience members and light refreshments for all will be part of the celebration.
The public is invited to attend and to bring copies of their favorite banned books for discussion. For further information, contact Library Director Judith Buckner Larry at 304-457-3495.