Banned Books Week and You

For 24 years, the American Library Association has celebrated the freedom to read with Banned Books Week. Intellectual freedom is a liberty, and the role of the public library in a democracy is to protect the freedom to read, compute, listen and view. This role is increasingly undermined and sadly, throughout much of America, underfunded.

What a library holds in its collection is sometimes a hotly debated topic. It is easy to dwell on the grand and highly visible threats to the freedom to read such as the USA Patriot Act or the organized efforts being made in some areas to remove any material on gay rights issues from library shelves. Sometimes, though, the most persistent and emotional efforts to impose individual personal values and standards on a public library collection come from within a community.

The staff at AADL does not presume to judge the values, intellect, or motivations of those who use library materials when we select for this collection. Our mission is to provide a balanced collection of materials representing as many views on issues as we can afford. If you find a title objectionable, please take advantage of the Library's Reconsideration Request process. That is a liberty, too. But, think about it first. Think about it alot. The title that you object to is someone's favorite title. They have read it many times. They may even own it. Perhaps they recommended it to you.

During the week of September 24-October 1, consider adding a banned book to your reading list.

Comments

Is there a link to a list of the commonly banned books? It would be awesome if there was also a site (or link to a site) that showed geographically where certain books are banned. Thank you.

btw -- I'm excited about this year's choice for the A2/Ypsi Reads program!


Below are links to the American Library Association site on banned books, and Banned Books Online. Both are good places to get the information requested.

http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/challengedbanned/challengedbanned.htm
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/banned-books.html


I am suprised at the 100 most commonly banned books! Many of these books I remember reading in high school and gradeschool. They were and still are are my favorites.


I guess there's nothing scarier than a really good book that asks a person to think for himself.