Banned Books Week


 


Banned Books Week is Here!

Banned Books Week is a proud tradition of Bookstores and Libraries all over the country for the past 36 years. In the initiative was taken up in 1980's, when there was a sharp upward spike in challenged books, censorship, and even a court case! The Case was that of Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content.) The goal of this week long event is to stand up to literary censorship and the idea that any knowledge or story is forbidden.
 
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom provides confidential support to anyone undergoing a challenge or ban. Support can come in the form of letters, book reviews, resources, talking points or emotional support. Report censorship online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4226.

 
 
 

Books are still being banned and challenged today. 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.

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.

 

One last thing.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about with these banned books and support our store, you can find some Banned or Challenged books in our shop in our Banned books display. You can also pick up some bookmarks with more information and a sticker proclaiming "I READ BANNED BOOKS". (Some of our personal favorites are Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Catcher in the Rye by  J. D. Salinger, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey.

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