“racism, vulgar language, bullying, and violence”
“discussions about teen sex”
“promotes the homosexual agenda”
“detrimental to Christian values”
“prejudicial to public order”
Listed above are actual reasons cited for removing books from library shelves and school reading lists. While the majority of these challenges fail, there are books banned in schools and libraries every year. To honor the victories and bring awareness to the harms of censorship, we at the Clayton State Library join other libraries, schools, and communities in celebrating Banned Books Week. Together we stand in support of the freedom to read, share, and express ideas even if they are unpopular. As stated in the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association,
“In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.”
During Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, we’re bringing you different ways to get involved and stay informed about the threats to intellectual freedom. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates throughout the week. We invite you to visit the library and check out a book from the Banned Book display. When you do, you’ll receive a card telling you why the book was banned and a special sticker proclaiming to the world that you are a reader of banned books. While you’re here, stop by the (pretend) burning book display and test your book banning skills. Can you guess the stupid reasons used to ban books like Winnie the Pooh and Webster’s Dictionary?