Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22-28!
It may be hard to believe that censorship is still an issue in the U.S., but every year books are challenged and banned from schools and libraries across the country. Since the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) began tracking challenges to books in 1990, titles that include classics like Winnie the Pooh and The Great Gatsby, to childhood favorites such as Goosebumps and Harry Potter, have made the most frequently challenged books list. Last year alone, 464 challenges were reported to the OIF.
In support of the freedom to read, libraries, book stores, schools, and book lovers across the country have been celebrating Banned Books Week since 1982, and the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons is no exception! This year check out our display showcasing classic Banned Book titles – borrow one of the books and get a free temporary tattoo to show your support! In addition to the display, we will be hosting two movie nights featuring films that bring attention to the issue of censorship. On Tuesday 9/24 at 7:00pm we’ll be showing Storm Center (1956) starring Bette Davis, a film about a small town librarian who is branded as a communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves. Our feature film for Thursday 9/26 at 7:00pm is Fahrenheit 451 (1966), directed by François Truffaut, about a fireman in an oppressive future who begins to question his duty to destroy all books. We hope you can join us in Room LL25 for some free popcorn and to enjoy some great classic movies!
Can’t make it to one of our movie nights? Check out these other Banned Books Week Events happening nationwide:
- Banned Books Week Twitter Party, Mon. Sept. 23 from 10:00am – Noon & Wed. Sept. 25 from Noon – 2:00pm (follow @OIF, @KidsRight2Read, @freadom & @FTRF or use hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #bannedbookparty)
- Virtual Read Out on YouTube – check out videos from authors, celebrities, and people across the country discussing censorship issues and reading excerpts from their favorite Banned Books
- Live Hangouts on Air – events happening all week
To learn more about Banned Books Weeks visit:
American Library Association (2013). Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read [web page]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek
Banned Books Week. (n.d.). About. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about
Banned Books Week, Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 – 28, 2013 (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/
Young, C.L. (2013, September 22). Freedom to read under fire as attempts of ban books continue [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-l-young/freedom-to-read-under-fir_b_3971779.html