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Permit given for reading event featuring books removed by NLB because of homosexuality themes

Published on Jul 13, 2014 6:57 AM
   And Tango Makes Three, one of the books the National Library Board withdrew following complaints. -- PHOTO: BARNES AND NOBLE

The organisers of a reading event featuring two of the children's books no longer available at the National Library have received a police permit to go ahead.

It will be held at the National Library Building atrium this afternoon.

Writer Jolene Tan said the police told her on Friday night that the event would need a permit. She applied for it, and received it yesterday morning. "The permit says we have to maintain order and ensure that there's no disturbance, which is what we, the organisers, want as well," she said.

More than 400 people have indicated on Facebook that they will be at the event, which organisers hope will make a "peaceful statement about how much we - and our kids - love to read". They called on adults to bring the children in their lives, a children's book they enjoy and a stuffed toy penguin.

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