Once again, it is Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s annual event to celebrate our Constitutional protected intellectual freedom and to raise awareness and reaction to book censorship in libraries, schools, and other institutions throughout the United States.
Why is this important? To quote ALA’s own words, “[i]ntellectual 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. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.”
We have a display of frequently censored/challenged/banned books set-up on the second floor on the shelves facing the rear stairway door, as well as some information about the week itself, famous quotations pertaining to censorship, and lists of challenged books. ALA also provides a number of useful online resources, including:
- Their main Banned Books Week page.
- Information and links to Banned Books Week events.
- A list of 100 frequently challenged and banned classics.
- The top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009 (and prior years, too).
Intellectual freedom is everyone’s concern. Think for yourself and let others do the same.