Posts Tagged ‘open mic night’

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 26, 2009

Join us as this week we’ll be featuring reviews on a variety of banned YA books.  Don’t forget to join us Tuesday night for our Inside Outloud open mic celebration.  It’s our way of getting you, the teens, involved in celebrating Banned Books Week with us.  If you’ve never heard of Banned Books Week before, check out the following excerpt from the American Library Association’s website.

BannedBooksWeek

 

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (BBW) 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

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

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.

Inside Outloud–Open Mic Night

September 25, 2009

open micTeens, in honor of “the September Project” and “Banned Books Week,” join us at the Fairmount Branch Library on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. for an open mic night!   Maybe you’ll be the next Teen Superstar!  Recite your original poetry or other written work such as rap, monologue, or song and have an opportunity to win great prizes.  If you have a little stage fright, no problem–have someone else perform your piece for you. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the show!

 Schedule:

5:30 – 5:45 – Registration

5:45 – 6:00 – Welcome and General Information

6:00 – 7:00 – Open mic poetry slam competition

7:00 – 7:15 – Winners will be determined and prizes awarded

7:15 – 7:30 – Party time/winding down

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate your freedoms at the library!