Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read: Not Just For One Week a Year

Banned BooksThis week (September 27-October 3) is Banned Books Week.  It’s the library community’s time each year to celebrate the freedom to read, and to remind you of your right to seek out, express, and share ideas, even those that may be unorthodox or unpopular.  We showcase the books – many of them familiar classics or modern favorites – that have been challenged or banned because of the ideas they contain, and we reaffirm our commitment to fighting censorship.

Every week, libraries and schools in America face challenges to books on their shelves. 

In some cases, challenged materials are removed or reclassified.   We believe that it is our responsibility as citizens and librarians to raise awareness of censorship and to resist attempts to suppress the free flow of ideas and information.

Lafayette Public Library is committed to free access to information, for all ages, and we protect the privacy and confidentiality of readers’ data and records.  The Library Board has adopted the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read and Library Bill of Rights as guiding principles.  It is in the interests of all of us, and in the interest of democracy, to ensure that ideas flow freely, and that protections are in place to enable all readers to read and explore without the threat of intimidation or loss of privacy.

At the library, protecting these freedoms doesn’t happen just once a year.  Every week is Banned Books Week!

Want to know more?

Five very true tales of censorship http://ncac.org/blog/five-very-true-tales-of-book-censorship/

Judy Blume interview https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2015/09/interview-judy-blume-and-her-battle-against-the-bans/

Challenged comics http://cbldf.org/banned-comic/banned-challenged-comics/

Frequently challenged classics http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics

Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#toptenlists

-Posted by Betsy

Stay tuned all week for more posts featuring Banned Books, or stop by the Library to see our Featured display!