Banned Books Week – Celebrate Your Right to Read

  September 24-30 marks the annual celebration of your right to read! The American Library Association advocates intellectual through this event called Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week "highlights the value of free and open access to information."1 Every year, the presence of specific books are challenged in libraries and schools across the country because of their content, philosophy, or social implications. Removing these books from libraries denies access to other patrons. Behind the principles of free speech and intellectual freedom is the truth that you can’t make an informed decision without access…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Chester Library Highlights

Banned Books Week: Chester Library Highlights

The Chester library is getting in on the action of Banned Books Week too!  If you are visiting our Chester campus, please stop in to view the Banned Books Week displays throughout the library. If you are unable to make it to the campus, we have you covered!  The following banned/challenged books are available to check-out today: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green From Goodreads.com:  "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Book Censorship in Our Backyard

Banned Books Week: Book Censorship in Our Backyard

If you follow local news, you may have caught wind of an attempt by a Virginia Senator to banned select books from Chesterfield County Schools summer reading list. Back in June, Chesterfield County Public School release a recommend list of summer reading titles for middle and high school students.  After the list was published, some parents felt the titles were inappropriate for children and demanded that the books be removed from the schools' libraries. Leading the charge, Senator Amanda Chase took it a step further by suggesting that librarians be fired for book…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Author Spotlight on Women Writers

Banned Books Week: Author Spotlight on Women Writers

Who are these people writing the materials in question?  Some of our favorite authors!  Many authors have multiple titles that have been challenged or banned over time.  To recognize their works and efforts, let's take a look at some of the most frequently banned authors from the last 30 years: Judy Blume A beloved author for decades, Judy Blume has quite the record of challenged or banned books.  According to the American Library Associations list of 100 most frequently challenged or banned books from 1990-1999, Blume has five titles listed. Are You There…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Graphic Novels Spotlight

Banned Books Week: Graphic Novels Spotlight

If you have visited either campus library, you can tell how much we enjoy graphic novels at the Tyler libraries.  In addition to the frequently banned/challenged books that we have on display, you should also visit our graphic novel display to see what else we can celebrate during Banned Books Week!  If you can't make it by the library to see what we have to offer, the following list highlights some of the most frequently challenged or banned graphic works and this history of their bans and challenges: Pride of Baghdad by Brian K.…continue reading →