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'Literary flash mob' in Easton celebrates the freedom to read

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Published On: Oct 08 2012 10:03:56 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 08 2012 10:10:10 AM CDT

Flash mob reading group

EASTON, Pa. -

Most flash mobs involve 'busting a move,' but some folks in Easton busted open books.

Lafayette College in Easton was the scene of a literary flash mob.

Participants simultaneously read passages aloud from books that were banned or censored for one reason or another over the years.

These books included, "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Lord of the Flies," "Harry Potter," "Grapes of Wrath," and "The Great Gatsby."

The week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 marked the 30th anniversary of 'Banned Books Week,' an event that organizers said celebrates the freedom to read.

The event was organized by Judith's Reading Room, a local nonprofit literacy organization and Lafayette College officials.

In addition to the literary flash mob, the groups also organized a number of related activities protesting the banning of books by schools, bookstores and libraries across the country.