Celebrate Banned Books

September and October came and went in a blurr. I hope all of you have been productive and well. The library experiencing a very busy semester with new changes like the opening of the John C. Favalora Archive and Museum. We have barely a chance to catch our breath when the “librarian holiday” as I like to call it arrived. Oh yes, banned books week. Once a year, in the last week of September, the American Library Association (ALA) observes the freedom to read. It is a freedom that many take for granted. This years title is Closing books Shuts Out Ideas.

“Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” (ALA, 2008)

Every year a list is published of the books that have been challenged. We posted this list and some of the book we hold on a display in the reference area of the library.


It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.
— Sutton Elbert GRIGGS (1872-1930)


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