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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week Events

by Heather Jagman 9/13/2013 3:48:00 PM

 Banned Books Week Poster

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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 Library invite you to participate in Banned Books Week, September 22−September 28, 2013.  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.

Express your freedom to read the books of your chosing during the Grand Opening of the Richardson Library Information Commons at our DIY button making station on Tuesday, September 24th, from 3-5pm!

Join us for the following UCWbL-sponsored event:

  • LPC Student Center 2nd Floor, Wednesday 9/25 11am-1pm Public reading of banned and challenged books.
  • Loop DePaul Center 11th Floor, Thursday 9/26 11am-1pm Visit the UCWbL banned books table.

Library copies of banned and challenged books will also be available for check out at the John T. Richardson Library & Lincoln Park Campus Student Center events.

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.  

 

Image courtesty of American Library Association

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