Libraries offer an invaluable service to the public, allowing people of all demographics access to information they might not otherwise have. This service is meaningless, however, when information is censored by outside parties.
Banned books week is a national event supported by a wide variety of organizations that is meant to bring awareness to the freedom to read.
It is important to note that many books which are now seen as classics, such as The Great Gatsby or The Jungle, were challenged by their contemporaries for depicting potentially inflammatory content.
Regardless of personal taste, it is important that controversial books are available to the public precisely because they address matters that would otherwise be ignored and prompt discussion - and perhaps reform - of commonly accepted beliefs.
For more information about Banned Books Week, visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/
If you are interested in some classic books that have been challenged or censored in the past, you can find the following resources in the library:
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Ware : Wordsworth Classics, 1993. Print.
Call Number: 813.52 F576g 1993
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1988. Print.
Call Number: 813.54 Si62j 1988
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2011. Print.
Call Number: Fic Heller
Also check out our Banned Books display for more great banned or challenged books on the second floor of the learning center.