From the American Library Association:
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. 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 nbanned, 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 commuity members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Here at the UGA Libraries, we’re bringing attention to Banned Books Week with two displays, one at the Main Library and one at the Curriculum Materials Library.
At the Main Library, we have a selection of books that have been banned or challenged in the United States or banned in foreign countries. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction, adult books and a handful of kid’s books. Each book has a tag on the outside that tells you what the book is about, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, whether it was banned or challenged, and the details of the challenge/ban (Where, When, Why). You’ll find out what the book is after you check it out and unwrap it. The display went up Friday, September 25 and will be up until Monday, October 5, or when the books run out, whichever comes first.
At the Curriculum Materials Library, student worker Stephanie Duque (Senior, Geography, Roswell, GA) has assembled a display of children’s and young adult books that are frequently challenged. Some of the titles include: Bridge to Terabithia, The Chocolate War, Bone, Thirteen R3asons Why, Twilight series. It’s Perfectly Normal. ttyl series, and the Hunger Games series. All books in the CML display are also available for checkout. (And don’t forget, with our new delivery service, you can request books from the CML to be delivered to the Main or Science library buildings, although then you’d miss seeing this little gem of a library on the 2nd floor of the Aderhold building.)
For more information about Banned Books Week, including lists of Frequently Challenged Books, please consult the ALA Banned & Challenged Books site.