Banned Books Week

Have you heard of Banned Books Week? It occurs Sept. 26 through October 3, 2009. This is the 28th year of the observance. According to American Library Association:

Banned BooksBBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

The Library has two Banned Books Week displays up: one in the new book area on the first floor and the other on the second floor. There are some free bookmarks, buttons, and pens for Banned Books Week at the Circulation desk. There is also a special intellectual freedom presentation, Government and Science, on Sept. 22.

If you would like to learn more about this observance, check the American Library Association Banned Books Week page.

For a list of some previously challenged or banned books, click here. You may be surprised at some of the popular books that are on the list.

They also include a page of quotations related to banned books. For example:

“The Library is an open sanctuary. It is devoted to individual intellectual inquiry and contemplation. Its function is to provide free access to ideas and information. It is a haven of privacy, a source of both cultural and intellectual sustenance for the individual reader.

Since it is thus committed to free and open inquiry on a personal basis, the Library must remain open, with access to it always guaranteed.”–Robert Vosper

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