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Celebrate Your Right To Read

South Mountain Community Library Celebrates National Banned Books Week

PHOENIX, Ariz.– September 20, 2016 – What does The Holy Bible, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James have in common? They are all on the top 10 most frequently challenged books in 2015.

Sponsored by the American Library Association and groups of authors, teachers and publishers, National Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1) honors and draws attention to the freedom to read and the freedom to seek and express ideas — even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Books recognized during this week have been challenged because of alleged racism, offensive language, sexual content and religious viewpoint.

South Mountain Community Library will celebrate National Banned Books Week with the third annual Read-a-Thon program on September 27, from 11 AM-2 PM in the Library Community Room. Everyone will have the opportunity to read or listen to short selections from a challenged or banned book.

Participants will enjoy desserts and drinks and have the opportunity to win a raffle prize as they hear “A Conversation with Scholars,” featuring a panel of Honors students discussing censorship & related issues, moderated by Nancy Deegan.

The South Mountain Community Library will have a display of banned and challenged books, which can be checked out as well as alternative art examples of what might happen to a book someone wants to prevent others from reading. Stop by and see if your favorite book is on the display.

This drop-in event is open to the public and includes an opportunity to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. To participate in the open reading, choose a one-minute selection and a brief explanation as to why your chosen book was banned or challenged.

The late Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, a frequently challenged, classic novel about book burning in a future society, once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Celebrate your right to read Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1!

National Banned Books Week event is sponsored by the South Mountain Community Library, South Mountain Community College Honors Program and South Mountain Community College Diversity Committee.

About South Mountain Community College
South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, the Guadalupe Center, and Laveen site. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Learn more at