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Readers Theater of Banned Books to Benefit SAA
To Kill A Mockingbird. Tom Sawyer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Jungle. What do these books have in common, beyond being classics of American literature? According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, these books have also faced multiple challenges from schools and libraries since they were written. In short, they are “banned books.”
In recognition of national Banned Books Week, the Springfield Art Association will host “A Night of Silenced Voices.” This readers’ theater-style event will include readings from 10 “banned” books. Guest readers will share a selection from each book, and a narrator will explain the grounds on which it was challenged.
After the presentation, guests are invited to join a discussion about censorship and intellectual freedom. A dessert reception will follow.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Springfield Art Association members) and are available online at or at the door the night of the event. All proceeds will benefit Edwards Place historic home as well as the Michael Victor II Art Library.