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Liberty holding a bookSeptember 30 to October 6 marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration of the freedom to read in the United States. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights your freedom to choose what you want to read, the importance of the First Amendment, and the benefits of free and open access to information.

Freedom to Read LogoHow are libraries affected by the 1st Amendment? Take a few minutes to browse one of the interesting library displays showing challenged books and information about the ways libraries have been both bastions and battlegrounds of First Amendment freedoms. Check out this list of the “Top Ten Challenged Books by Year” that includes reasons why the books were challenged and celebrate YOUR freedom to read!

The Whatcom County Library Foundation invites you to an open house where you can “Celebrate the Freedom to Read” on Saturday, October 6th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library.  Come learn about the Foundation’s story, enjoy refreshments, and participate in some fun activities.