Thursday, September 18, 2008

Banned Books Week

In recognition of Banned Books Week: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read (Sept. 27-Oct. 4), here is some background information on this unusual celebration:

- Officially recognized since 1982, Banned Books Week is a reminder not to take our freedoms for granted - we are all free to read what we choose.

- Books are challenged for a variety of reasons, but generally the person making the challenge is trying to protect others from "difficult ideas or information."

- Books on display in the library include titles that have been challenged over the past several years for a variety of reasons. Very few of them have actually been banned, thanks to the vigilance of many librarians!

- Curious about what books have been targeted? Check out the display at the library - some of the titles will surprise you!

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