Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read
September 30 – October 6, 2012
Banned Books Week, held annually in late September, celebrates our freedom to read. During the week, the American Library Association hopes to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. The Drexel Library will showcase some of the banned and challenged books in a display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
A challenged book is described as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group” while a banned book is the removal of such materials from a collection or curriculum. (About Banned & Challenged Books) Books are most often challenged because their contents are considered sexually explicit, have offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. While the challenges may be well-meaning, demanding libraries to censor constitutionally protected speech is a violation of the First Amendment.
Please take a look at the display and feel free to check out a banned book!
For more information, please see American Library Association’s website on banned and challenged books.