“Censorship Is a Dead End,” is a reminder that we need to fight censorship to “Find Our Freedom to Read.”
Censorship takes many forms, including removing materials, destroying pages, hiding resources, requiring permission forms to access content, and burning books. In 2019, ALA tracked nearly 377 attempts to censor library, school, and university materials and services, encompassing 566 books that were challenged or banned. The list includes books that can help readers, especially young people, understand and navigate tough situations, such as George by Alex Gino; Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin; Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth; I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and Shelagh McNicholas; and Drama by Raina Telgemeier.
Source Credit: Betsy Gomez, https://bannedbooksweek.org/find-your-freedom-to-read-during-banned-books-week-2020/
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings 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, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Source Credit: "Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2020)", American Library Association, December 11, 2012. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned (Accessed September 1, 2020)Document ID: be933510-a8c2-4f72-9b65-9a8eb7b89f69