Friday, September 23, 2011

[News and Notes] Banned Books Week Begins September 24

A private school student operates a secret library of banned books from a school locker. Click to view full article

A Missouri school board ends a school ban of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. Click to view article

Banned Books Week takes place September 24 - October 1, 2011. The American Library Associations's Banned Books Week webpage is a great resource for events and the history of banned or challenged books.

What's the difference between a banned or challenged book?

According to the American Library Association:
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice." -Link

Click here to find Banned Books Week events at the Memphis Public Library.

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