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Students Explore Censorship during Mary and Jeff Bell Library Banned Books Open House

September 27, 2013

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Banned Books

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- Popular characters from several familiar banned books performed scenes at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on Thursday, Sept. 26, for  its annual Library Open House during Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28).

“This is an excellent way for students to learn about censorship and their freedom to read,” said Jennifer Anderson, Marketing and Communication Librarian. “Events like these also give students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the library while enjoying a fun event.”

Twelve students from the University’s Theatre Department participated in the event in full costume representing banned books including “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman.” Throughout the library, the actors also interacted with students while giving short performances from each book.

“I’m glad that the library has thought of a creative way to educate students on our rights to read,” said Kenneth Duncan Jr., freshman student.  “The live performances really bring the books to life.”

This celebration helps educate individuals on their freedoms and censorship while bringing students, faculty, and staff together on common-ground.  Students were also able to take part in a scavenger hunt and drawings for prizes while enjoying the scenes and the banned books display.

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