Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

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Morris Library and the Special Collections Research Center are participating in this year's Banned Books Week celebration in the following ways with an exhibit featuring and a reading event.

A selection of books challenged or banned recently can be viewed in the library’s rotunda on the first floor.
On Wednesday, everyone is invited to participate in the national Read-Out at 2pm in the library Rotunda.  Anyone may participate by preparing a short introduction and reading a small passage from one of his favorite banned books. If you are need help selecting a book, check out the American Library Association’s list of banned books or visit SCRC to select one from our Ralph McCoy Freedom of the Press Collection.

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.  

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. 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. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.