Celebrate your freedom of speech! Read from one of your favorite banned or challenged books at the Banned Books Week Read Out in the lecture center plaza on Thursday, September 25, noon – 2 p.m.
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. In 2014, BBW takes place September 21-27, highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of diverse viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.
Here are some titles that someone has tried to remove from public libraries or school curricula:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
ttfn, by Lauren Myracle
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe