Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Throughout the week we celebrate libraries as a place where people can freely access materials of all sorts, even books that have been banned or challenged at certain times and places.
This year we're reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. Check out a copy at the main desk and join us for a discussion of the book on Thursday, September 28th, at 5:30. All ages and all readers are welcome.
Highlighting 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 of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.