“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
– Joseph Brodsky
The week of September 23-29 is Banned Books Week—a week that brings national attention to censorship in literacy and celebrates freedom of expression through literary voices. Each year, the Banned Books Week Coalition releases lists of books that are challenged, banned, or requested to be removed because of their content.
Every year across the US, books are challenged and banned in schools, public libraries, and bookstores for topics of controversy, including sexuality, ethnic diversity, religion, politics, and violence. American classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants, and, ironically, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, annually top the banned books list.
YDL is proud to showcase challenged pieces of literature this week, with a surprising display of titles that have been challenged through the decades. Libraries are at the forefront of defending our freedom to read, standing up to censorship, and protecting our right to access materials that offer a diverse array of authors, opinions, topics, and perspectives through literature.
Visit the Community Room at YDL-Whittaker the week of September 23 and learn about these challenges, both old and new. Enter the Banned Books Week raffle to win a gift basket of challenged titles and library swag.