Date: September 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
The NMSU Library announces several free public events in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 24 through October 1, 2011. The celebration, expanded and better than ever this year, includes a Read Out on September 28 and a Speakers Series on Censorship throughout October.
The Library’s annual Read Out is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in front of Zuhl Library. NMSU campus celebrities reading from banned books will include Tom Smith of the Theatre Arts Department, the group Actors Against Censorship, KRWG-FM radio personality Carrie Hamblen, Robert Nosbisch of the College of Health & Social Services and Library Dean Elizabeth A. Titus. Refreshments will be served.
All Speakers Series presentations will take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth floor of NMSU’s Branson Library throughout October. The series kicks off on Monday, October 3, with a presentation on censorship on art by Dr. Stephanie Taylor, NMSU Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History.
Also featured in the Speakers Series are award-winning NMSU Latin American & Border Studies Librarian Molly Molloy on October 10, and El Paso poet Bobby Byrd, the owner of Cinco Puntos Press, on October 17. Wrapping up the series will be a talk on October 24 by the nationally known novelist Alex Sanchez. Sanchez has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, and is the author of Bait and the Rainbow Trilogy.
Banned Books Week is an annual national event sponsored by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. It celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to censorship. Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.