Banned Books Week (September 22- 29, 2019) is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. Rod Library celebrates this week because literary freedom is an important component in not just academic freedom but the ever-changing development of society.
Rod Library invites you to celebrate this week by visiting the display in the Schindler Education building at the IRTS lab and take time to consider how libraries commit to the freedom to read and the impact of how reading affects your life. Follow us on Twitter to find out other ways you can participate in #BannedBooksWeek.
Censorship is the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable or a threat to security. There is an ongoing controversy about censorship. Bringing to light that censorship prohibits students to expand their inquiries about the world, and compressing their intellectual capacity and curiosity.
Books may be banned because of multiple reasons, including encouragement of damaging lifestyles (untraditional lifestyles: cohabitation without marriage), unpopular religious views, presence of witchcraft, sexual dialogue, and so much more. Banned Books Week isn’t just about bringing some of these issues to light, but to ensure the educational freedom of future growth and curious minds.
Learning about these issues is important because spreading awareness about issues of this origin can spark a light in young minds, motivating them to be passionate about their literary freedom and the possibility that It can be taken away just because a piece of work doesn’t align with the typical societal norms.
What can I do to support the cause?
- Speak out against censorship
- Report censorship when you see it
- Get informed on educational freedom
- Know your rights
- Check out a banned book!
Some of 2018’s most challenged books included titles such as
- George By Alex Gino
- A Day in the Life of Marion Bundo By Jill Twiss & Illustrated by EG Keller
- Captain Underpants written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
- Skippyjon Jones written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
- The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas