Banned Books Week is at the end of September but all month you can check out items from our Banned Books display, over by the Paw Print. This display features items owned by Mansfield Library that have been banned or challenged at libraries and schools across the nation. There’s an informational handout at the display that further explains Banned Books Week. From the American Library Association website for the event:
“While some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”
Visit our display, visit ALA’s website for Banned Books Week, and let us know what you think!