September 25th through October 1st is Banned Books Week this year (2016). Although the name might at first seem a little misleading or confusing, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read – it is after all our first amendment right! This annual event focuses on efforts to restrict or remove books from schools and libraries, usually by parents who find the content to be offensive or inappropriate in some way. By focusing on these efforts, Banned Books Week is actually drawing attention to the harm of censorship in our communities.
If you’d like to learn more, visit the ALA page on Banned Books Week and look for more posts this week on Dacus Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also, drop by Dacus Library and check out a banned book – we have some displayed on the main floor. If you’re not sure where to find a particular book, whether it’s been challenged somewhere or not, just ask us at the Information Commons desk or search our catalog here.