Banned Books Week – Day 2

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ― Joseph Brodsky   Some of the most celebrated authors and novels have been challenged in libraries across the country. On the 2017 list of most challenged books were masterpieces like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Other classic literature titles are frequently challenged in some libraries: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Other writers faced opposition…continue reading →

Banned Books Week

Because reading is among our greatest freedoms and is essential to our democracy Because the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution and privacy is essential to that freedom, without having our interest scrutinized by others Because we can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, to make our own decisions about what we read and believe, and to exercise the responsibility that comes with that freedom Because each year, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose our reading material even if the…continue reading →

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 →