Thursday, September 22, 2011

Banned Books Week is Here!

Banned Books Week is September 24 - October 1, 2011
The American Libraries Association tells us:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Every year libraries across the country put together displays to remind everyone that libraries are a place where people are free to make their own decisions about what they read. This year APL is going all out. You can check out our display in the Central YA room, or check out this slide show to see what books have been topping the lists of challenged and banned books around the country this year.
We're also working on a QR code project where codes will be put on the back cover of some of the staff's favorite banned books. When you scan these codes with your smart phone, you'll be taken to videos of the staff members talking about why they chose that particular book.

Check out a few of the youth services videos here:

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Outiders by S.E. Hinton

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
You can check out the rest of the staff's selections for their favorite banned books here!  

The last thing we're doing in celebration of Banned Books week is participating in YALSA's Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! They asked us to submit videos of people reading passages from banned books. Our High School TAB students helped us out and did the reading. Now they'll be added to a playlist of people all across the country reading out passages of books that refuse to be silenced!

Here are our contributions!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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