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Banned Books Week

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September 25 – October 1 2016

2016 marks the 34th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.”  The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week. 

Banned Book Discussion

1984-second

Tuesday, September 27 at 1:30 PM

We will discuss the frequently “Banned” classic 1984 written by George Orwell.

The discussion will be led by Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian.

“Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia,” that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.”  (From the Publisher)

No registration required. Free event.


Banned Book-to-Film

1984-movie

Friday, September 30 at 2 PM in the Theater

Showing of the 1984 version of the film 1984 starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. This film is rated R. A short discussion will follow the film.

The discussion will be led by Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian.

No registration required. Free event.


In addition to the Banned Book Discussion & Book-to-Film, frequently banned and challenged books will be on display throughout the week of September 25.  Take one home and see what all the buzz is about.


For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the Banned Books Week Website.

Happy 34th Anniversary Banned Books Week …

Let’s Celebrate our Freedom to Read!

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Banned Book Discussion/Banned Book to Film

catch-22_coverCATCH-22

by Joseph Heller

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

at 1:30 PM

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

“Catch-22 is the story of Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen.”

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

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  • posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Banned Books Week: September-21-27, 2014

2014 marks the 32nd Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the “freedom to read.” The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week:

lord of the flies bookBANNED BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, September 23.  1:30 PM

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

 

 

 

 

lord of the flies DVDBANNED BOOK TO FILM

Friday, September 26.  2 PM

We will be showing the 1990 version of the film Lord of the Flies

starring Balthazar Getty.

A short discussion will follow the film.

With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

 

Registration is not required for either event. Both events are free.  We encourage you and your group members to attend one or both of these events.  Banned Books Week always provides for a lively conversation.

If your Book Club would like to do your own Banned Book discussion as well, some of the most challenged classics include:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

1984 by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit their website: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

 This article first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, Book Club Insider.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

Banned Books Week

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  This year’s theme is “30 years of Liberating Literature.”  The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week, September 30 – October 6, 2012:

Banned Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 2 at 3 PM

We will discuss the frequently “Banned Book”

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

“An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like “the best laid schemes o’mice an’ men,” begin to go awry.” (From the Publisher)

The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services. Refreshments will be served.  No registration required.  Free event.

Banned Book to Film

Friday, October 5 at 2 PM

Showing of the 1992 version of the film Of Mice and Men starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.  A short discussion will follow the film.  No registration required.  Free event.

We will discuss such questions as:

How closely does the film portray Steinbeck’s original characters as they were written?

What clear differences present themselves between the book and the film?

In your opinion, does the 1992 film version accurately depict the strength of the novel and/or storyline?

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the Banned Books Week website or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy 30th Anniversary Banned Books Week …

Let’s Celebrate our Freedom to Read!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services