Friday, September 20, 2013

[News and Notes] Banned Books Week: September 22-28, 2013

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.
September 22, 2013 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. 

The American Library Association explains why this week is important: 

The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. -(Source)
During Banned Books Week the Memphis Reads blog will highlight books that have been targeted for censorship in a feature called "Celebrate fREADom." Library staff members will share thoughts about banned or challenged books they have read.  

Visit the library's website to find Banned Books Week events at the library.

Other sites of interest:
ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom Banned Books Week webpage
Banned Books Week

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