Banned Books Week has Begun!

Banned Books Week has Begun!

Welcome to the Tyler libraries celebration of Banned Books Week 2016!  This week, the Library Space blog will feature posts highlighting the importance of initiatives like Banned Books Weeks and fighting censorship in our public libraries, school, and institutions! To start the week, let's talk a little about the background of Banned Books Week. It started over 30 years ago with Judith Krug, a first amendment and library activist. Ms. Krug contacted the American Library Association's committee on Intellectual Freedom about the banning of books in public institutions.  Shortly after contacting ALA, Banned…continue reading →
Banned Bookface Friday!

Banned Bookface Friday!

To wrap up Banned Books Week, we wanted to include our new library pastime, bookfacing!  If you haven't seen our new Bookface Friday series, check it out! Bookface Friday at the Tyler Libraries! The next four bookfaces are also titles that appear on the banned books list provided by the American Library Association.  You can find more information on this event to spread awareness about censorship by visiting the ALA site and the Banned Books Week site. Carrie by Stephen King PS3561.I483 C37 1999           The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton PZ7.H5976…continue reading →
Banned Books Week- Tyler Librarians’ Picks!

Banned Books Week- Tyler Librarians’ Picks!

As we have said all week, librarians love banned books.  While we have been highlighting the books and graphic novels with the highest number of challenges in the last year, we decided to bring awareness to our favorites here at the Tyler libraries.  If you would like to share your favorite banned books with us tag them with #Tylerlibrary and #bannedbooks for us to find! I'll kick off the fun! Molli Gonzalez Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling I couldn't pick just one!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious affinity…continue reading →
Behind Banned Books Week

Behind Banned Books Week

Ever wondered about who is behind Banned Books Week?  Librarians of course!  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  ALA supports and advocates for all library issues and topics, but one of the main tenets of ALA Library Bill of Rights (2015) is, "libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment."  To uphold this idea and policy, ALA does not advocate for the censorship of any materials found in school, public, academic, or any other type of library, instead they celebrate and…continue reading →