Each year, the American Library Association declares the last week in September Banned Books Week which “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”
Each year the ALA releases its list of “The 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books” of the previous year. Often these books are requested to be dropped from school or public libraries. Books may be banned or challenged for many reasons – parental concerns that the books may be inappropriate for children, unpopular political views or controversial themes. Check out 2010′s list here.
Stop by the library and check out the display at the reference desk to pick up some dangerous reading material today, or check out the following links to learn more about the history of book challenges, censorship, banning, and burning:
- Banned Books Online
- Banned Books Week.org
- A History of Book Burning (ALA)
- Banned Books Week Reminds Us That Censorship is Alive and Well