September 25-October 1, 2016, is Banned Books Week and the MA Library wants you to stand up for your right to read!
Rebellions, protests, and challenging authority are fundamental aspects of American democracy, but sometimes one group exercises their First Amendment rights in ways that conflicts with another group’s rights. Which brings us to Banned Books Week. Although the MA community has never formally banned a book, you will likely encounter this situation eventually.
This week we’ll be highlighting banned or challenged books and comics, and offering a list of resources and additional reading materials. The books and comics on the upcoming lists are all challenging challenged reads, but are most certainly worth reading.
Check back later this week for special posts on some of the most frequently challenged and banned books and comics.
- Banned Books Week website: everything you need to know about the 2016 campaign for defending diversity in books.
- The American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged books.
- The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s guide to banned and challenged comic books.
- Top 10 most frequently challenged and banned books of the 21st century.
- “Orwell and the Librarian, A Love Story”: a 2013 article written by MA Librarian Alex Brown on how librarians protect your First Amendment rights as readers.
- Policy and procedure for reconsidering a work in the MA Library (PDF)