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Is Your Favorite Book on the Banned or Challenged Book List?

11-Sep-2013 Newsletter article

The Hunger Games . . . Harry Potter . . . Catcher in the Rye . . . Captain Underpants . . . Brave New World . . .

Join us at the University Library as we celebrate our freedom to read and freedom to choose what we read during this year's Banned Books Week, September 22 - 28th. Come hear people from across campus read excerpts from their favorite banned or challenged book on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 11:00am - 12:30pm in front of Parks Library. Then make sure to come into the library to see our displays and perhaps check out one of your favorite "banned" books from the library.

According to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom over 5,099 book challenges were filed between the years 2000-2012. To highlight this growing trend and to help ensure our continued freedom to read, 31 years ago (in 1982), librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers came together to organize the first Banned Book Week events.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

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