September 25-October 1 is the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned & Challenged Books Week. The designation brings attention to the fact that even in our day people’s freedom to read what they wish and writers’ 1st Amendment right to express themselves are challenged or even denied by public and private governing bodies.
The ALA offers a plethora of titles and examples of such challenges. One such list is the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books : 2000-2009. Without a doubt, many of the books listed could be considered challenging literature, but it seems equally true that our society has been enriched by equally as many of them. Consider how your own thoughts were stimulated by A Prayer for Owen Meany or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, for example.
This week Mr. V-K will begin a new WorkSPeek presentation series of short conversations in the library about print and digital resources. This week it’s on banned and challenged books, of course. Stop by for any of these times:
Monday, 9/26, 11:20-11:35am or 12:45-1:00pm
Thursday, 9/29, 11:20-11:35am or 12:45-1:00pm
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