Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 23–29!
The Pulaski County Public Library supports the freedom to seek 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.
Books are still being banned and challenged today. 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.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with 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.
Curious about which books have been targeted for removal? Check out the American Library Association's list of the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2017.
Come to our book discussion of one frequently challenged book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, at the library on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30.