Stoxen Library hosts “Celebration of Banned Books” week

Amy Czapiewski, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

Stoxen Library at Dickinson State University will host the second annual “Celebration of Banned Books” Monday, Sept. 23 - Friday, Sept. 27.

This week kicks off with a panel discussion regarding censorship in North Dakota Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall. Panelists include Bismarck attorney Jack McDonald, Christine Kujawa, chair of the Intellectual Freedom committee of the North Dakota Library Association, and Kathy Cline, Beulah public schools librarian.

Dr. Frank Varney and Dr. Steven Doherty of DSU will moderate the discussion. This event is jointly sponsored by the DSU Celebration of Banned Books committee and the DSU Constitution Day committee. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Public readings from banned or challenged books in Stoxen Library begin Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. with additional readings following on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 27, both at noon.

The first book discussion, hosted by Dr. Kathy Hanna and Dr. Renae Ekstrand of DSU will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. and will explore “The Call of the Wild” as well as a selection of children’s books. The second discussion, hosted by Rita Ennen, will take place Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. and will cover “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

“We are very excited to hear from some North Dakota warriors in the fight against censorship,” said Ennen, director of Stoxen Library. “The right to read is vital to a free society.”

For more information regarding “Banned Book Week,” contact Rita Ennen at 483-2883, or Dr. Jim McWilliams at 483-2145. All events are free and open to the public.