Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Banned Books Week

There are just a few days left in the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week, running the last week of September (9/25 to 10/02 this year), was created to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom, freedom of speech, and free access to information. For more information on Banned Books Week see:

You may be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged or banned. Here are just a few that we have at the Richland College Library:

The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye / J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee

The Color Purple / Alice Walker

Beloved / Toni Morrison

1984: A Novel / by George Orwell

The Call of the Wild / Jack London

Check out our display by the Circulation Desk to find these titles, as well as many more banned books!

Banned Books Week links:

ALA-Frequently Challenged Books

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression- The Stories Behind Some Past Book Bans and Challenges

1 comment:

SafeLibraries said...

If you want to read a banned book, read the last book banned in the USA, namely, Fanny Hill, last banned in 1963.

No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He calls it “National Hogwash Week.”

Former ALA Councilor Jessamyn West said, "It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don't talk about much — the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it's totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all." See "Banned Books Week is Next Week."

And then there's Judith Krug herself who created BBW:

"Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week," by Judith Krug, Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006. "On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn't fit your material selection policy, get it out of there."

Lastly, remember the ALA does not oppose book burning when doing so would interfere with its political interests. Go see what Judith Krug said about Cuban librarians: "American Library Association Shamed," by Nat Hentoff.