Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Banned Books Week-Are Books Still Being Banned and Challenged?

In short, yes, books are still being banned and challenged, and the American Library Association, along with others in the book industry, sets aside a week each year to promote the freedom to read books. The week is known as Banned Books Week, and this year it occurs from September 24-October 1, 2011.

Are librarians really banning books? No. The books that have been banned or challenged were banned by people and organizations who thought the books were inappropriate for one reason or another.

According to the American Library association, a banned book is a book that has been removed from a library because of complaints by an individual or group. A challenged book is one that a person or a group has attempted to remove from a library or to restrict its use. Due to the dedication of librarians and other individuals, most challenges are unsuccessful and books are still available to be read.

Come to the library during the next few weeks to see our display of titles that have been banned or challenged. You can also check out and read any of the books that are on display. Stay tuned to the library's Facebook page and our Twitter account for more information about banned and challenged books.

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