Friday, September 24, 2010

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 25 - October 2

All italicized, quoted passages are courtesy of the American Library Association (ALA) web site.

"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, 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. Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.

"The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings......A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others."

Attached is a list of children's titles that are the most challenged every year and/or have been challenged within the past ten years. Many of these are on display in the department. We encourage you to check one out, read it, and decide for yourself. For more information on banned and challenged books, please visit

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