Friday, 22 February 2008

Out of Reach - the forbidden bookshelf

Banned Books WeekWellington City Libraries in partnership with the Wellington branch of the NZ Society of Authors are running a week long programme from Monday 25 February to Friday 29 February that seeks to highlight the occurrence of banning, sanitising and challenging children's books both here and internationally.

Books that have been banned or challenged around the world will be on display at Johnsonville, Karori, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Central libraries. Children attending class visits will be involved in discussions about whether certain books should ever have been banned or restricted in the first place. The main events for the week are a programme of readings from banned or challenged books by well known children's book writers, illustrators and librarians, and a celebrity debate: "Not enough children's books are banned in New Zealand".

Programme details are available on our kids' Events page, along with short biographies of the authors, librarians, Members of Parliament and illustrators involved in the readings and debate.

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