The Hopkinton Public Library with be hosting a read-in at the Town Common on Thursday, October 5 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
The “Read-In” is meant to mark Banned Books Week. Bring a chair or blanket and any book to read; anything from a large print or audiobook to a comic or magazine. The librarians won’t judge, and that is precisely their point.
Book bans have risen precipitously in the past few years with the intent to limit the types of books available in public libraries. At the Hopkinton Public Library, however, they advocate for everyone’s right to read and select books that are right for them.
Public and school libraries across the US are having books removed from their shelves due to complaints. These books range from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, to the Holy Bible, to This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson, to the Bad Kitty children’s series. At the Hopkinton Public Library, it is believed that the only person is able to decide if a book is right for them, is themself (or their parents, if the person is a child). To that end, they stock their shelves with books that display a wide variety of ideas, colors, genders, nationalities, abilities, and interests, so that everyone who walks in can find something that is right for them.
The Hopkinton Public Library encourages you to pass the word, invite friends, family, co-workers, and organizations that you belong to. They would love to have as many readers as would like to come. Librarians at the Common will also have a selection of books that residents can borrow if they did not bring one with them.
They will also be able to sign people up for library cards, so it’s a great opportunity to get one or renew your card if it has expired. They are also expecting some of our State Representatives to make an appearance, so this will be a great opportunity to tell them in person about the value that the libraries provide to their communities.