Read-in Press Release
Below is a press release you can adapt to your event and send to local press. Please contact us as well, and we’ll help if we can. And, we can often send speakers to come talk about instances of censorship in your area if you’re interested.
Read-In to Take Place (date) at (place) for Banned Books Week
Local Authors Draw Attention to Censorship
_____, Texas – At __ on ___, local authors, celebrities, students and scholars will gather to celebrate “FREADom,” America’s First Amendment right to access information.
This read-in is designed to showcase literature which has been challenged or banned in schools in recent years and to take a stand against censorship.
Each year, the ACLU of Texas raises awareness of censorship as part of national Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1) with the release of its annual banned books report, “Free People Read Freely.” In the 2009-2010 school year, they found 87 books were challenged in Texas public schools; of those, one quarter were banned and 20 percent were restricted.
The read-in a community sponsored event in conjunction with the ACLU of Texas’s report and focus on free access to information, culture, and reading materials.
The event will feature:
- featured work
- more entertainment
For more information, please contact: (name) (phone number) (email)