CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Characters from several banned books came to life on Thursday, Sept. 25, during the Mary and Jeff Bell Library’s annual Open House to be held during Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27).
“It is important to raise awareness regarding threats to our freedom to read and to help people understand that books are often challenged for a multitude of reasons,” said Dr. Cate Rudowsky, Director for the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. “While these challenges are not always successful in leading to books being banned, the threat to our freedom to read is real and ever present.”
Nineteen theater students dressed as and portrayed characters from “Gone with the Wind,” “Tank Girl,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “Watchmen,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Sandman,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “The Giver.”
The campus community had the opportunity to view a banned books display and exercised their freedom of speech by writing down their thoughts about Banned Books, censorship, tolerance, truth, and reason. Students were also able to take part in a Scavenger Hunt, and enter a Superhero Costume Contest.
Students are invited to continue to cast votes for their favorite bookmark design on the Mary and Jeff Bell Library’s Facebook page. Voting is open through noon on Monday, Sept. 29. Cast a vote by clicking here.