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Chappaqua Library to Commemorate Banned Book Week

The Chappaqua Library will be commemorating Banned Book Week 2011. Community members are urged to exercise their freedom of information and freedom of speech.

Banned Book Week is an annual event that celebrates the importance of the First Amendment, the benefits of free and open access to information, and the downfall of censorship.

Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were excluded from the juvenile sections of the Brooklyn Public library during Twain's lifetime. In recent years, high schools have dropped Huckleberry Finn from their reading lists because of the book's content.

The Chappaqua Library will be doing a showcase on Mark Twain called “Twain's Domain” starting October 15.

Celebratory Kick-off event Saturday, October 15 at 3pm

Barbara Snedecor, the Director at the Center for Mark Twain

Studies, will be on hand. William Gerrard will

read from Twain.

Some events during the Chappaqua Library's Twain's Domain series are “The Mark Twain Family Film” for grades 4 and up on Friday October 4 at 4pm and ”Tom Sawyer-style Fence Painting” where attendants will paint the fence at the Horace Greeley house on Saturday, October 15 at 2pm.

The library will also be sponsoring a “Tour of the Homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe” in Hartford, Connecticut on October 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $40.00 will cover luxury bus transportation, a boxed lunch, and guided tour of the two homes.

Community members that wish to learn more about Banned Book Week or the Twain's Domain Series should contact the library by calling: 914-238-4779.

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