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September 15, 2017

The County Library Invites the Public to ‘Read Out Loud’ in honor of Banned Books Week

Kelsy Thompson - Email
801 944-7522

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT — Celebrate intellectual freedom and the freedom to read with the County Library as we kick off Banned Books Week.

On Sunday, September 24, the public is invited to bring their favorite banned book to the County Library’s Columbus branch and participate in a Facebook live event where we will all read from our banned books, simultaneously, for approximately three minutes in celebration of our intellectual freedom.

People of all reading levels and abilities are invited to participate in this event and are invited to “Get Booked” at the County Library by taking a picture with a banned book in front of a mugshot backdrop (available at the event and at all County Library branches) and share on social media using #free2read17.

The Columbus branch will remain open until 11 am on this day so patrons can check out materials and connect with other library fans. Light refreshments will be provided. BYOBB—Bring your own banned book. If you don’t have a banned book, we’ll have some there for you to choose from.

WHAT: Read Out Loud Event

WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 10 am

WHERE: Columbus branch (2530 S 500 E)

For more information, visit


About Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24-30. The event seeks to engage various communities through education, advocacy and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship and is celebrated at libraries around the world.

About Salt Lake County Library
Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.