“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.”
― Golda Meir, My Life
Banned Books Week causes us to consider important questions each year–who has the authority to remove a book from a library and for what reasons? Why do libraries sometimes carry books that may contain offensive or morally problematic content? How does reading a book affect the reader? What about controversial issues in books?
At the end, the library remains committed to providing access to a wide variety of material and allowing library patrons to make judgments for themselves on whether they want to read the book or whether they approve or disapprove of the ideas and content therein.
John F. Kennedy once said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”