The Trussville Six Arrested for Reading Banned Books
Help Free the Trussville Six
On the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 30, police will “arrest” two Chamber board members at the Trussville Public Library for reading from books that have been banned over the centuries. Chamber president Lance Pate and June Mathews will be handcuffed and taken to city hall, where they will be arraigned and fined by Judge Virginia Vinson. Also on the arrest list are Trussville City Council member Buddy Choat; Father William Lucas, pastor of Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church; Betsy Schmitt, principal at Paine Primary School, and Marti Slay, president of the Friends of the Trussville Library. Vinson plans to fine the group $6,000.
It’s all in good fun and a way to launch Banned Books Week, a nationwide event in which libraries remind us of Americans’ rights of speaking, writing and reading under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.
It’s also a fund-raiser Friends are sponsoring for the library. Fines will go toward equipment and furnishings for Trussville’s expanded library, one of the busiest libraries in Jefferson County. If you’d like to donate toward fines Lance, June, Father Bill, Betsy, Marti or Buddy, send your check to Friends of the Trussville Library, 201 Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173. Or drop it off at Trussville Public Library.