Banned Books Week (September 21-27) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on the efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship by featuring books that have been targeted for censorship in libraries and schools. To kick off the week, the Huntington City-Township Public Library will be showing the film The Book Thief at 4:30pm on Friday, September 19th at the Markle Branch, 197 East Morse Street, Markle, and at 5:30pm on Monday, September 22nd at the Huntington Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. The movie showings are free to the public and registration is not required.
Set during World War II in Germany, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids – as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. The Oscar-nominated film is based on the best-selling book by Markus Zusak, stars Sophie Nelisse and Geoffrey Rush, and is rated PG-13 (for thematic violence).
In addition to the movie showing, the library will have displays of many books often found banned or censored across the country. Patrons can also get their mugshot taken with their favorite banned book and be on the Censorship’s Most Wanted wall! Stop by either the Huntington Main or Markle libraries any time from September 15th to the 30th to participate.