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Banned Books Week Events, October 2-4, 2012

by Heather Jagman 9/28/2012 4:13:00 PM

Catcher in the Rye . . . Harry Potter . . . Captain Underpants . . .The Hunger Games…

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the American Library Association,  the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) and the DePaul University Libraries invite you to participate in Banned Books Week, September 30−October 6, 2012.  Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.


We invite you to celebrate YOUR freedom to read by joining us for a public reading of banned and challenged books at the following dates and times:

  • LPC Student Center Atrium, October 2-4, 11am-2:30pm
  • Loop DePaul Center 11th Floor, October 3, 10am-3pm.

Library copies of banned and challenged books will also be available for check out at the LPC Student Center events.

Want to continue the discussion? Join us for a Panel Discussion on Censorship
Thursday, October 4, 3pm-4:30pm, Richardson Library room 115.


The panel will feature representatives from the University Libraries, The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, and the University Center for Writing-based Learning
The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children.  However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!


For more information, and lists of banned and challenged books,  visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks, and http://www.bannedbooksweek.org.  

 

Images courtesty of American Library Association

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