Every year during Banned Books Week, libraries around the country take the opportunity to acknowledge that censorship is still a problem in the United States.
From the American Library Association:
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship…. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Thigpen Library honors our commitment to fostering access to diverse and inclusive information resources every year by participating in Banned Books Week events. For the week of September 23-29, 2018, you are encouraged to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display. And, all are welcome to participate in the following event:
- Open Mic for Banned Books Week, Weds., Sept. 26 from 12:45 to 2:15pm in SRB 150
There will be a cart of books from the library’s collections available from which you can choose readings for this event, which is co-sponsored by the English Department.
Here’s a fun quiz from the New York Public Library to test your knowledge about banned and challenged books.
For more information about Banned Books Week, see the American Library Association’s website for “Banned & Challenged Books.”