It’s Banned Books Week, a time when libraries across the country raise awareness about intellectual freedom and the right to read freely. Why do we take this time to raise awareness? Across time, people have been persecuted for their religious, political, or social views. Books have also been subject to persecution in the form of censorship. Libraries are against banning books–even if the contents are unpopular or uncoventional– and strive to raise awareness about the importance of open access to information.
Libraries take a strong stand in favor of the First Amendment and the principles embodied therein, namely, freedom; to read freely, to write freely and for unconstrained intellectual exploration.
To see examples of literature that has provoked controversy, visit the third floor of the Palomar College Library. There, you will find an exhibit that displays an assortment of titles that have been banned or challenged in the past. Pick one up and start reading, and celebrate your freedom to read!
For more information on Banned Books Week, visit ALA’s Website.