Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Do You Believe in the Freedom to Read?

A Banned Books Week display featuring once-challenged books
available for checkout will be featured in the TWU Libraries Child-
ren's Collection through October 1, 2016. Photograph by Sandy
Cochran. September 24, 2016.
Do you believe in free and open access to information (even--or especially--if that information is unorthodox or unpopular)? Do you believe that censorship is harmful? How about the freedom to read--do you believe you should be able to read what you want? If you answered yes to any of the above, Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is celebrated every year by people just like you.

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read, bringing together the entire book community--librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types--in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Curious about the books that have been challenged on various grounds? The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom maintains lists of challenged books as reported in the media and as submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

A display and web page celebrating our freedom to read are now featured in the TWU Libraries Children’s Collection on the Ground Level of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey LibraryA display curated by Woman's Collection staff members featuring a selection of banned/challenged titles is located on the library's second floor (to the right as you exit the elevators).

~Jimmie Harris with Sandy Cochran

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