This event is online only. Did you know that books are banned and challenged in libraries, schools and bookstores every year? Celebrate your freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week! This annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information. This program will dive into the reasons why Banned Books Week is celebrated and why the most popular books were challenged or banned. This event will take place over Google Meet.
You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the program. You will need a device with audio and video and an internet connection to join.
In the book shop we will have a Banned Book Display and a game of “Guess the Banned Book.” There will be a jar on the counter with shredded pages from a banned book. Patrons can enter the drawing by trying to guess the name of the banned book. A winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 2. Also in the store on October 2, we will have readings throughout the day from banned books.
Online we will highlight staff members and their favorite banned books as well as post a daily trivia question about banned books.
Through history lots of writters, had to hide their real name if they wanted to see their books published. Sometimes they were women, sometimes they were trying not to cause shame to their families, sometimes both. This year we want to shout out loud the real names of some of them, to make visible that they had to choose to hide their identities behind initials or another name for fear of rejection. Visit our display on the first floor to know more!
Banned books display at Rumford Public Library (via Twitter user Katje Fae @katjefae)
A group of pastors in Rumford, Maine are attempting to have LGBTQ books banned from the Rumford Public Library’s display of banned books. The library is holding a board meeting today, where the controversy will be discussed. The National Coalition Against Censorship and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund support Rumford Public Library’s display and freedom to choose how best to serve their community. NCAC and CBLDF oppose efforts to limit a whole community’s access to books based on the personal viewpoints or religious beliefs of some groups or individuals in that community. As public institutions, libraries are obligated not to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint or sexual orientation.
The display coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, highlighting books that often draw challenges in schools and libraries. Half of the books on this year’s American Library Association Top 10 Banned Books list tell stories of LGBTQ characters. Books representing a wide variety of experiences and voices allow readers, particularly children, to find connection, safely explore unfamiliar ideas, and broaden their understanding of the world.
This article was originally posted by the National Coalition Against Censorship. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has posted additional information and a statement from Executive Director Charles Brownstein here.