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‘Thursdays @ the U’ to feature ‘Banned Books Read-Out’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Cecelia Cole

Cecelia Cole

The fifth annual “Banned Books Read-Out” will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays @ the U” lecture and performance series. The event will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

To openly celebrate our First Amendment right to freedom of expression, this event will feature faculty, staff and students reading aloud portions of banned or challenged books. The event, held during “Banned Books Week,” will be led by Cecelia Cole, associate academic librarian at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.

The American Library Association describes “Banned Books Week” as an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the free and open access to information. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Cole joined the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County library in 2012. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree in library and information studies from UW-Madison. She is extremely passionate about intellectual freedom and information literacy.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.