Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30

Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research. – ALA

Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display. 

We have also put together a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!

Read Banned Books!

Read (anything you want)! It’s your Right!

Since 1982, libraries have celebrated Banned Books Week by showcasing banned and challenged books to bring awareness to the freedom to read and dangers of censorship.  But don’t be fooled, this week is about so much more than books.  It’s a celebration of Intellectual Freedom.  It’s about your right to unrestricted access to information.  As technologies change the way we find, read and analyze information, libraries will continue to protect this right and provide access to information by buying books (print and electronic), subscribing to newspapers, magazines and academic journals and providing free internet access on public computers.  So grab a book, magazine or newspaper; or visit your favorite news website or social network.  Read!  Read anything you want!  Because it’s your right!

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Brookens Library

Stop in and check out our display on Level Two

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Check out a list of some of the most frequently banned or challenged books that are available at Brookens Library:

http://uisbrookenslibrary.worldcat.org/profiles/BrookensLibrary/lists/2042639

Grab a movie based on a banned or challenged book

http://uisbrookenslibrary.worldcat.org/profiles/BrookensLibrary/lists/2045519

To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association’s site

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm