This Week is Banned Book Week!

“Missing in Action.” 1999. Yoshitomo Nara. Text (“I read banned books…”) by Trevor Calvert.

This week begins National Banned Books Week when we celebrate our right to read what we want! Part of libraries’ raison d’etre is to resist censorship and protect people’s privacy and informational freedom. Can you guess some of the books which have been challenged in the past? How about the Harry Potter series? Oh, of course, you knew that. Right. Well then what about Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, or local author and LitFest speaker, Nina LaCour’s Hold Still. In each of these cases there is a small number of people making a decision for a much larger population. The American Library Association says of banning books, “The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.” Libraries are about people. We love people, and we think they are smart. We think that people are capable of reading books and making decisions about them, and that censorship is never okay. What banned books or graphic novels have you read?

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