Living in a technological world, when you hear of the word banned, you most likely start to think of the Internet, and how in several parts of the world it’s been banned. Entire countries have taken arms against it and decided to heavily censor the Internet in ways that help the people remain ignorant to the different possibilities that the world has to offer. Just the same, books can be banned as well. The reasons behind them are many, whether or not it’s the right choice is hard to tell.
The American Library association states that although the motivation behind challenging and banning books in the name of protecting the youth from hard topics is commendable, it isn’t a very good one. The decision and responsibility should fall on the parents, not from the government or other institutions. As a result, the American Library Association dedicates an entire week, this year it runs from September 25th until October 1st, to celebrate the freedom to read. Its purpose is to “highlight the value of free and open access to information.”
During Banned Books Week, many events are put into place to emphasize the importance of having books remain available without any form of government interference of one’s right to “freedom of speech and choice.” To learn more you can visit their website at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned.
Feel like being a rebel? Take a look at our banned books display on the second floor of our library and feel free to check one out.
You can also learn more by checking out these resources:
DiMarco, Scott, and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. "I Banned A Book To Make People Notice The Problem."Time.Com (2015): N.PAG. Corporate ResourceNet. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.
Ballard, Susan. "The Challenged The Banned & The Filtered." Knowledge Quest 43.5 (2015): 32. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.
Book Banning. n.p.: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.
Foerstel, Herbert N. Banned In The U.S.A : A Reference Guide To Book Censorship In Schools And Public Libraries. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 26 Sept. 2016.