Inver Hills Library celebrates the freedom to read: Sept. 21–27, 2014
Visit the library at Inver Hills during Banned Books Week to check out a display of banned and challenged books. Library Assistant Kate McManus arranged the display with a twist this year.
“I wrapped several of the books in brown paper to add to the mystery,” said Kate, who is in the last year of her Master of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University on a career path to become an archivist. “Banned Books Week celebrates intellectual freedom.”
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
“By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”
* Courtesy of the American Library Association
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