Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

Director of Ford Library, Ms. Barb Lazar
This week, I offer you a question, a bit to read, a chance to interact with some information, explore on some slides, and a PHOTO CHALLENGE for you! Read on, Bobcats!
 
What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, George, and Anne Frank have in common? They are among some of the most frequently banned or challenged books in libraries!
 
Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read
“What is Banned Books Week?” 
“What’s a banned book?” 
“Why would someone ban a book?”


These are questions I am most often asked when I put up a display of some frequently “challenged” books.
The American Library Association and other literacy advocacy organizations established Banned Books Week as an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

“The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.” (ALA)

To learn more, explore this presentation. Click on the images and books to learn about some of this past 
year’s “challenged” books, to access our library catalog in Destiny Discover, to listen and learn about some of the books, and to see how Ms. Lazar gets books out of “book-jail”!

Bonus Challenge: Send a photo of you reading a BANNED BOOK! Prizes!
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