It’s Banned Books Week! In 2017, 416 books were challenged or banned. The list includes classic titles such as, To Kill a Mockingbird, popular series such as Harry Potter, as well as some new titles released this past year. Whatever the book, the issue is the same, banning books silences stories, voices, and ideas. To celebrate your right to read, we’re putting the spotlight on some of these stories throughout this week. To start, let’s learn about the Top 10 Challenged books of 2017.
You can check out any of these books at Brookens. Be sure to check our social media channels throughout this week as we Stand for the Banned and continue to highlight
It’s Banned Books Week! A week each year when libraries around the world celebrate the freedom to read – a freedom that can be taken for granted and continues to be challenged. Each year, book are challenged or banned because they present topics, content, ideas, or voices that someone has deemed dangerous or inappropriate. Each of these challenges represents an attempt to censor an author and silence ideas and voices and are a direct threat to our intellectual freedom.
In the State of America’s Libraries 2018 report, intellectual freedom was among the Issues and Trends highlighted because of the increased number of challenges reported. According to the report, Public challenges and bans rose from 45 in 2016 to 91 in 2017. This infographic from the American Library Association provides some additional numbers and information about the state of bans and challenges from 2017.
At Brookens, we care about your freedom to read and work to protect your intellectual freedom. Specifically, this week we’re answering the call put forward with this year’s Banned Books Week theme – Banned Books Silences Stories. Speak Out! – by doing just that, speaking out. We will be highlight books that have been challenged or banned throughout the week across our social media platforms. Additionally, we’ll be providing you with lists of the most challenged books and linking you to those items in our collection. As we share our favorite books and stories about why they matter, we hope you’ll share yours too!
It’s National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year we want to highlight some of the ways Brookens Library shines for our students, faculty, staff and the Springfield community.
When people think of the library they think of books, but we are so much more…
We Provide Access:
Libraries level the playing field. As great democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work. At libraries, patrons are free to exercise their right to know without fear of censorship or reprisal.
At Brookens, we fulfill this by…
Providing access to books, databases and other materials.
Providing access to computers and wireless internet
Offering our resources and services to the public
Not censoring (i.e. banning books or putting filters on our computers)
If you stop in the library you will see our over 30 foot chalkboard decked out for National Library Week – tell us how Brookens shines for you!
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