Banned Book Week Celebrates Its 27th
Banned Books Week, which kicks off on Saturday, has been around since 1982, yet somehow this year it feels particularly compelling. A couple of area bookstores are planning special events.
This weekend Oblong Books (Rhinebeck only) is sponsoring an on-line scavenger hunt. Participants will be given a list of questions (example: What’s the difference between a banned and a challenged book?), and they are expected to find the answers on the internet. There will be a drawing for a prize.
At Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, every week is banned book week (they host a banned book club). But at 1 pm on Saturday, they’re pulling out all the stops with a storytime and craft hour for little ones. The book: the notorious And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richard and Peter Parnell, one of the most banned books of 2007, and among the most celebrated. Based on an true incident, it is the story of two male penguins who together raise a baby penguin. The book received the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award for 2007.
Banned Book Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Spotty Dog Books and Ale
440 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.671.6006
Montgomery Row (Rt. 9) Rhinebeck; 845.876.0500 ...