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Community Read-Out part of Sugar Grove library's Banned Books Week

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Join Sugar Grove Library staff, trustees and Library Friends in a "Read-Out" from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Readers and active listeners are invited.

A Read-Out is an event at which people gather to read from books. This activity is inspired by the Judith Krug Fund which is dedicated to continuing and promoting the legacy of Judith Krug, founding executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation and founding director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom. The Sugar Grove Library Friends and SugarGroveOnline are also partners in this effort.

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This event is being held as part of the Sugar Grove Library participation in the 2010 Banned Books Week. This is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Through the end of September, the library will have displays of books, and other materials from its collection, which are on the list of challenged materials.

Interested readers should call Beverly at (630) 466-1448 to reserve a reading time. Participants agree to read from a book on the banned list and that their reading will become part of our decision to provide the Freedom to Read Foundation with a video recording of the event, and that the library, SugarGroveOnline, the Freedom to Read Foundation and the American Library Association have permission to reproduce/reprint video and/or photos in online and print publications.

For information, visit sugargrove.lib.il.us.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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