Banned Books Week at BenU Library

September 22, 2013

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Banned Books Week is September 22-28, 2013

Benedictine University Library is celebrating Banned Books Week and our Freedom to Read.

"Banned Books Week" is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information, bringing together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers –- in shared support of being allowed to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  

Challenges and bans are the result of parents, teachers, administrators, or others asking that books be removed from access, particularly from children, because of content on sex, profanity, violence, and racism. Everyone should be allowed to choose for themselves and their families what they want to read.

Many books have been challenged in schools, public libraries, and universities.Some of these books are: Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nickel and Dimed, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fifty Shades of Gray, Fight Club, A Child Called It, And Tango Makes Three,Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Captain Underpants.

Books banned in other countries include: The Kite Runner, Doctor Zhivago, The Satanic Verses, The Bible, The Qur'an, The Torah, Karl Marx's Manifesto.

In Lisle, visit the Library Collections (lower level of Kindlon Hall) to peruse a display of banned books and check one out today!

At Becker Library in Springfield, visit their book display: Can you identify the books that have been banned? Tell the librarian and win a mini-stapler!

For more information: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

 

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