Celebrate your freedom to read with Banned Books Week at the Resnick Library!
Have you ever read anything that a friend didn’t like, or that a parent didn’t approve of? What if you had been told that because of their disapproval, that book was going to be removed from the library and access to it would be denied for everyone.
This is what Banned Books Week is about. The American Library Association states that: “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.” (ALA.org)
Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the ten most challenged books in the United States, and gives the most cited reasons for those challenges. We here at the library have chosen a selection of several books off of these lists to display across from the library’s desk. Can you guess some of the books on this year’s Top 10 list? Check it out here. All of the books on display are available for you to check out and read!