South Main Book Company to host reading of banned books on Saturday – Reuters


SALISBURY – South Main Book Company will hold a “reading” on Saturday featuring banned books at 1 pm

Books with diverse content, including LGBTQIA+, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are typically overrepresented among banned and contested books. In 2015, nine of the top 10 most contested books fell into this category.

The event is intended to raise awareness and funds for the Rowan County Literacy Council.

A reading is a continuous public reading of a single book or several forbidden books. An individual will select a banned book, either from home or on loan from the South Main Book Company, and read it aloud for a few minutes.

The American Library Association lists of the top ten contested books Where frequently challenged books can provide some inspiration on books to read or discuss.

The company will also hold a raffle with $5 donations to the Rowan County Literacy Council. Winners will receive a set of thought-provoking books from the shelf of South Main Book Company, which is located at 110 S. Main Street.

The Rowan County Literacy Council is dedicated to improving the lives of adults, youth and families by improving literacy and life skills, with the belief that a literate community thrives. RCLC provides instruction for Rowan County residents of all ages. As a non-profit organization, the Council’s primary focus is free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteer tutors. Learn more about RCLC at


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