Week highlights the value of free, open access to information

    The University of Minnesota Crookston will celebrate Banned Books Week from Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 5. The public is invited to attend activities during Banned Books Week and free parking is available in Lot G near the Kiehle Building.

    On Monday, the book drive will begin. Marked book carts can be found around campus. Consider donating a paperback book to Northwest Regional Corrections Center. The book drive will conclude on Friday.

    On Tuesday, selections from works banned in prisons, works written from prison, or works written by people who have been imprisoned will be real aloud in the International Lounge, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

    On Thursday, there will be a panel discussion on book banning in prisons and jails. This event will feature speakers from law enforcement, libraries, and criminal justice faculty. The public is invited to join the discussion and bring questions. The panel discussion will be held in the Prairie Room from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

    Throughout the week there will be displays located near the bookstore and the library. Be sure to check out the contest being held in the bookstore display case.

    Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Learn more at www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.