American Library Association

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Check out a banned book! Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read. By focusing on efforts across the United States to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws attention to the dangers and harms of censorship.

Why have these books have been banned or challenged by a school or public library?

This past week (September 29 - October 6) was Banned Books Week.  This annual event is sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations concerned with protecting the freedom to read.  This observation began 30 years ago to call attention to the books that have been banned or challenged from school or public libraries around the United States. 

Banned Books Week 30th Anniversary

Stop by our Young Adult Department to see the comprehensive "Banned Books" Display created by our YA Librarian, Leanne Posey.  Any patron who checks out a "banned book" is eligible to win a prize, a gift certificate for Barnes & Noble! Just fill out the entry form and submit it when you check out at the Circulation Desk. 

Canaries in the Coal Mine: Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1

ALA Banned Books Week 2011 LogoEven as you read this, some nameless canary is sitting alone at a keyboard pecking away at one or another of your dearly-held and unquestioned truths. With time and because of that canary's work, that truth will be shown to be false. And you will be better for it. We all will.

Why was this book banned?

What do authors J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), Anne Frank (Diary of a Young Girl), Marc Brown (Arthur and Buster characters), and Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) have in common?  All these authors wrote books that have been challenged or banned from a library at some time.

The American Library Association observes Banned Books Week during the last week in September .  The observance calls attention to attempts to ban materials from libraries.  It also promotes the freedom to access ideas and information, even if the ideas and information might be unorthodox or unpopular. 

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian!

I Love My Librarian!

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times "I Love My Librarian Award" encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Has someone here at the Harris County Public Library or another library made a difference in your life? Take this opportunity to say thanks to him or her by entering their name in this contest before September 20. Click here to read the rules and get the form to submit.

We the People Display

 

History comes to life in 1776, one of the books on our “We the People” display. This awesome title is filled with exact replicas of letters and documents contained in many museums. You can hold the battle map for Trenton, letters from George Washington or a broadsheet announcing the “Declaration of Independence.”   Each page is a treasure! 

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