On September 30, the IUP Punxsutawney writing center partnered with the library to celebrate Banned Book Week and the freedom to read. At the event, coordinated by writing center Assistant Director Kathleen Hynes, students read excerpts from banned books such as Huckleberry Finn and even Harry Potter.
Many of the students taking part in the event were employees of the library, supervised by library technician Carol Asamoah. “Katie and the students did a wonderful job,” Asamoah said.
“I really credit Carol for getting students involved in researching book banning/challenging and looking for books to read that had meaning to them,” said Hynes.
After the reading, students took part in a discussion of First Amendment rights and the importance of our freedom to read.