Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018

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The theme for Banned Books week is Banning Books Silences Stories. The theme encourages you to speak out against censorship and share your stories. We should all be allowed to freely choose, read, analyze, accept, and reject materials based on our own experiences and ideas.

We have many works in our collection that deal with censorship in different areas. Browse these subjects in our catalog. This catalog search deals specifically with Censorship in the United States.

Writing in the Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky (author of the popular V.I. Warshawski books) is particularly apropos for this year’s theme, as Paretsky discusses finding her voice as a feminist and woman writer and the importance of  the power of speaking out.

This video provides information on the top challenged books of 2017.

This infographic provides current information and statistics on censorhip.

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Finally, food for thought:

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

–Ai Weiwei (BrainyQuote)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contribution from Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Sources: ALA Offices for Intellectual Freedom and the Banned Books Week website.
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