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Banned Books Week: Celebrate YOUR freedom to read at the 2nd Annual Banned Books Buffet

By Michael Yunkin on September 11, 2015 1:59 PM | Permalink

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Explore a banned book...
Discover recently challenged materials...
Celebrate intellectual freedom

3-5 p.m., Tuesday, September 29th
Amargosa Room, 1st floor Lied Library
Light refreshments will be provided

About Banned Books Week

Throughout the country, most children and young adults are starting a new academic year. In some cases, classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mocking Bird, may not be included in the curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.

Since 1990, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum.

The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children.  Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!

In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the UNLV University Libraries are celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.

American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library!

Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week!


Event contact information:

Amanda Melilli

Rosan Mitola