Celebrate the Right to Read – It’s Banned Books Week

October 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Posted in events, exhibits | Comments Off on Celebrate the Right to Read – It’s Banned Books Week

September 30 – October 6 is the 30th annual celebration the freedom to read.  This week Galvin Library joins librarians, teachers, journalists, readers and others to stand together in support of the right to seek, read and express ideas, even    when those ideas are considered unusual, unpopular or radical.  Banned Books Week (BBW) was started to call attention to the issues and negative effects of censorship in our communities.  For this 30th anniversary year, the American Library Association (ALA) created a slideshow called Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature  that features some of the books targeted for restriction or outright removal over the years.

While books continue to be challenged in libraries and schools, we celebrate Banned Books Week because in most cases books have remained available in their communities thanks to the advocacy of community members such as parents, students, teachers, and librarians who are vocal in their support for the right to read.  Want to read more about who is challenging and for what reasons?  Check out these quick statistics from the ALA or see if you’ve been reading radical, banned books by looking at these lists of the 100 most challenged books from the last two decades:

100 Most Frequently Challenged 1990-1999
100 Most Frequently Challenged 2000-2009

Check out the display on the lower level of Galvin Library featuring banned and challenged books or be a radical reader yourself and check out one of these classic books from Galvin Library’s circulating collection:

Color PurpleTo Kill a MockingbirdGrapes of WrathBelovedLord of the Flies1984Animal Farm, Clockwork OrangeRabbit RunTheir Eyes Were Watching God,  Lord of the RingsThe JungleGo Tell It on the MountainNative Son

Shimer College is celebrating BBW by participating in the Chicago Read-Out on October 4 from 6:45-8:15 in the college’s Cinderella Lounge located at 3424 S. State Street.  The night will start with a reflection on history of book burning as  described in the “One Book One Chicago” Fall selection The Book Thief.  Join the Shimer community and read from one of your own favorite threatened, challenged or banned book or from one selected by the students, staff and faculty of Shimer College.

Banned Books Week banner is reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

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