banned books week

Book Hunters in Brief #40: Banned Books Week 2014 - Graphic Novels

In Brief #40 GraphicHarris County Public Library and Book Hunters support your right to read what you want to read. The free exchange of knowledge is one of the foundations of this nation. To understand why, you need only look at a history book. The accepted idea and the unquestioned notion often turn out to be wrong for any number of reasons. What you read may not be to another person's liking, and vice versa, but both of you have the right to make up your own mind. 

Banned Books Week 2014 highlights Graphic Novels

Banned Books Week is September 21 through September 27 and this year it highlights challenged graphic novels. What is Banned Books Week? It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Over the years, a variety of books have been challenged including graphic novels.

The Life of a Book

 Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical. 

Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this. 

In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Audios

Every year, book communities across the nation get together to celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Created in 1982, Banned Books Week aims to create a discussion about censorship and the value of free, open access to information. For more information, check out Banned Books Week and the American Library Association.

There's a mystery in the Children's Department...

     Psst...there's some books in the Children's Department that some people may not want you to see.  They're covered completely in brown paper.  If you'd like to solve this mystery, stop by our  Banned Books display and find out what's going on out there. 

 Elizabeth Hunt, a Children's librarian, does a display each year in observance of Banned Books Week (this year it's September 22-28).  The display is to inform parents, children and other adults about books that have been banned or challenged in libraries around the country.  The books are wrapped in brown paper, but there's a red flap you can pull up to find out about the book and the story behind the challenge or banning.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books from our Banned Books display.  Discover what you might be missing, numerous titles that have been challenged and/or removed from library collections over the years.  Find more information at BannedBooksWeek.org, including lists of currently and previously challenged books.  Banned Books Week runs from Sunday September 22 through Saturday September 28.

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.

Get ready for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 24 through October 1 this year and we already have a special display of banned books for you. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. According to the American Library Association website (www.ala.org), Banned Books Week takes place every last week of September and "highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States."

Here is are some of the titles that we have on display:

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