Book Banning

Censorship is an ugly word, especially to libraries. But the subject of book-banning has once again reared its head into the news in recent headlines. As controversial as selectively censoring materials can be, the topic at least stands as a reminder to us all to appreciate free speech and our right to read all available published works without requiring approval from other citizens. The library has many holdings on the topic of censorship, including 50 Ways to Fight Censorship, Censorship: How Does It Conflict With Freedom?, and The Writer and Human Rights.

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The University of Virginia recently banned all signs from being displayed by spectators at all sporting events, including football. ESPN's Rick Reilly covers this story with his unique eye for irony.