Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Banned Books Week

Photo courtesy of the American Library Association

Join the library in celebrating Banned Books Week! This event celebrates the ability to read what we choose and the First Amendment. According to the ALA, "Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States" (http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm). Check out this video from Mooresville Public Library that further explains Banned Books Week.



Books that we all know and love are frequently challenged for a variety of reasons. Most often people challenge books that they consider to be inappropriate for children, contain stories about or references to homosexuality, reference or infer witchcraft and/or contain violence. Take a look at the recently challenged or banned books and judge for yourself.

The library challenges you to stand up for your right to read and check out a banned book. We hope to see you soon!