Students celebrate Banned Book Week

Amanda El Khoury

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Students in the First Amendment tutorial taught by Dr. Elizabeth E. Martinez organized the Banned Books Readout at CSUN, part of a national week celebrating the Freedom to Read.

“Hundreds of books have been banned in U.S. history, including works by Shakespeare and Mark Twain,” according to Martinez in an email.

The American Library Association just had the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week last month. The week is dedicated to highlighting books that critics tried to remove or restrict, according to a news release.

“The American Library Association takes the position that we all have the freedom to read and that books should not be removed from shelves,” Martinez said.

The event will have readings from banned books, including “The Hunger Games,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Twilight Series,” said Martinez.

The event will be taking place Oct. 3 from 4-5 p.m. outside of Manzanita Hall, and is open to everyone.