Banned Books Week

Show your rebellious side and celebrate Banned Books Week with us!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because its a perfect reminder of the importance of the library and the dangers of censorship.  By banning a book, you essentially are saying that no one should be allowed to read it.  And while your concerns are certainly legitimate, oftentimes, this leads to restricting access of books to other patrons.  A good way to think of it is like this: if everyone went into the stacks and pulled books that they didn't like or didn't agree with, we wouldn't have very many books on the shelves at all!  I once heard it put best: "A good library always has something to offend everyone".

That's why Banned Books Week is so important.  It gives us an opportunity to celebrate the books that were deemed inappropriate, for whatever reason.  And as we see books put on display--some classics, some personal favorites, it reminds us how important it is to not restrict another's access.

This week, I'll try highlighting some of my favorite banned books and those of other staff members.  And if you have a favorite, please include it in the comments below.  We'd love to hear what you're reading!  Finally, if you're not sure what to read, why not stop by and check out our banned books display?  It's located next to the Ask Us desk, and is chock full of books.  In fact, there should be something to interest (or offend) everybody!

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