Public libraries provide an arena for diverse and sometimes controversial viewpoints. If you want to become knowledgeable about current events so that you can vote as an informed citizen, the public library is a place to do it. If you want to cultivate your learning, your compassion, your creativity or your joy there are books, cds and dvds that you can check out.
Banned Books Week is being observed September 27 – October 4, 2008. The American Library Association reminds us that Banned Books Week “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.
BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”
Celebrate your right to read! Read a banned or challenged book. Here’s a list of frequently challenged books.