Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

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From ALA's website
From ALA’s website

Phoenix libraries celebrated banned books week Sept. 22-28, sharing their favorite challenged books and informing the public about censorship in libraries and schools.

Most of the celebrations were done through social media mainly on facebook. Mesa’s Public Library facebook page featured instagramed mug shots of people holding their favorite challenged book.

Banned Books Week page on facebook shared an article from Cincinnati.com about author Toni Morrison speaking out about remarks from the president to the Ohio School Board who called The Bluest Eye pornographic.

Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist whose novels consistently frequent the top 100 list of banned books.

According to American Library Association, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. “It is an annual event that highlights the value of free and open access to information.”

Challenges due to sexually explicit material, offensive language, violence and homosexuality are reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

According to ALA’s website the most challenged book in 2012 was the Captain Underpants series for offensive language and being unsuited for age group.

Captain Underpants is a children’s novel series about two fourth graders who accidentally turn their favorite comic book superhero, Captain Underpants into a real person.

Books have always been challenged as they should always be. Books are what teach people to think and challenge everything but Banned Books Week is meant to ensure access for all and encourage libraries and schools to advocate for freedom of speech and freedom to read.

Mesa Public Library shared a quote on their facebook page from George R.R. Martin: “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

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3 thoughts on “Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

    windsortaz said:
    October 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I am glad this week exists to celebrate and basically protests the book banning. Book banning seems like it is too strict, there are many books out there that students should read but cannot because of the book banning. My aunt is the librarian at one of the Mesa/Gilbert area public schools and she is constantly shocked by some of the books that have been banned at her library, for what seems like stupid things such as pictures, that appear to be “too adult for children”

    ericalang93 said:
    October 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Megan, I enjoyed your post about Banned Books Week. I was not aware public libraries sponsored the event that celebrates the freedom to read. I think books are very powerful and I agree with you that they challenge people’s thoughts and allow many to think about new ideas. With today’s technology, I find it interesting how books are evolving into audio versions. I too have used audio books, but I did not know that the library had a selection that could be rented. I appreciate you sharing that information, and I may begin to use audio books more often.

    Tayllor said:
    October 19, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Great post! I had no idea there was a “Banned Books Week,” and it sounds like a great way to highlight the freedoms we have here in the United States. Controversial books have always existed, so it’s interesting to hear how those controversies can be turned into small victories for our freedom to read. I’m surprised that we even try to ban books at all. People will always find ways to read those books no matter what. Libraries exist so we can have access to as much as possible, and banning books goes against the very nature of that system. Do you know if there’s a list out there of all the “banned books”?

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