Debate : Should communities have the right to ban books from school libraries?
Past Event ....... March 19th, 2008 — 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 pm at the Olin Arts Center at Bates College, members of Bates College’s award-winning Brooks Quimby Debate Council will present a lively public debate regarding First Amendment rights. Six students will face off to argue the resolution “Should communities have the right to ban books from school libraries?” using literary examples which range from Fahrenheit 451 to the Harry Potter series. Admission is free, and audience participation will be enthusiastically encouraged. This event is part of the Big Read L/A program, sponsored by the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries.
The Big Read is a nationwide initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by encouraging citizens to read, discuss and celebrate a single book within their communities through a series of special events. The classic novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is the focus of Lewiston-Auburn”s 2008 Big Read L/A program.
Free copies and reader’s guides for Fahrenheit 451 are available at the circulation desk of both local libraries while quantities last.
Posted: Friday, March 14th, 2008 in Discussion
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