Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sticking it to The Man: Banned Books Week, 2014

Banned Books Week started this past Sunday, September 21, as librarians, journalists, readers and educators across America celebrate the freedom to read. 

From the American Library Association website (ala.org):

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Check out the link above for a list of some of the most frequently challenged titles in the US over the years, or stop in to the library and check out our display of titles which have been banned or challenged--I promise, we will let you take them out!

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