Thursday, September 28, 2023

Local library to host ‘uncensored’ storytime

NEWPORT NEWS — The Virgil I. Grissom library will host an “uncensored” storytime event for kids Wednesday in honor of Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week is an annual nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the freedom to read books with unpopular or unorthodox ideas that have been banned or restricted in libraries and schools, according to the American Library Association.

Since 1990, the ALA compiles a list of the top 10 most challenged books from libraries, schools and universities across the country each year.

The 2018 book titles include Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

The novels above were banned for depicting suicide (Asher); “leading to terrorism”, “promoting Islam” and sexual violence (Hosseini); and the use of the N-word and violence (Lee).

The one-hour event at Grissom Library will feature banned literature such as stories or songs and crafts for children.

Celebrate 'Banned Books' week at the Virgil I. Grissom Library in Newport News (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Newport News Public Library)
Celebrate ‘Banned Books’ week at the Virgil I. Grissom Library in Newport News (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Newport News Public Library)

The Storytime: Uncensored event will be at the Virgil I. Grissom Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to noon. Children of all ages can attend this event, registration is required.

For information, contact the Grissom library at 757-369-3190 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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