It’s Banned Books Week! (Sept. 27th – Oct. 3rd)
Do you know what this week is all about? Every year around the country, and the world for that matter, books are challenged at public and school libraries by someone who wants to restrict access to the books for everyone. Most book challenges are aimed at young adult and children’s books, because a parent/grandparent/clergyman/concerned citizen feels that the content of the book is inappropriate for some reason or another.
Every year since 1982 the American Library Association (ALA) and others have sponsored Banned Books Week, where we celebrate the right to read and the right to choose what we read freely. Events are sponsored at all sorts of libraries and book stores around the country.
This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on Young Adult literature, which is often one of the most challenged genre of books. Many of our favorites have been challenged over the years. Some of these include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Harry Potter series, the Divergent Series, and even The Lord of the Rings. Reasoning for challenging these books ranges and includes things such as violence, language, religious beliefs, and sexual content.
To learn more about Banned Books Week, and and more about the fight to preserve YOUR right to read, check out ALA’s website: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned.
Stop by the Resnick Library this week and check out a banned book to read, or just explore our display and participate in our interactive Banned Books Week programs. We will also be having a discussion with a screening of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone to follow on Monday Sept. 28th at 5:30 in the Okun Theatre.