Head to the Worcester Public Library for Let Freedom Read, a statewide read-in to celebrate the freedom to read on Tuesday, October 3 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Main Library. According to the American Library Association, libraries across the nation and here in Massachusetts have experienced a surge in the number of book challenges and attempts to restrict access. Everyone is welcome to find a good read from their library and join the celebration. We’ll have a comfy chair and a selection of banned books for you to choose from in the First Floor Ellipse area.
Kick off Banned Books Week with a Community Read-In!
Library staff and community guests will host a public storytime and read aloud from children’s books that have been banned or challenged in the last decade.
Adults, teens, and older kids are welcome to just bring a blanket or lawn chair and read together on the lawn!
- Write postcards to support authors of challenged books;
- Peruse frequently challenged books for all ages; and
- Hand out Banned Books Week stickers, buttons, and bookmarks!
Rain or shine! We’ll be outdoors on the lawn if the weather’s nice, and inside the Library’s Ottinger Room if it’s not.