The Grant County Public Library will celebrate the nationwide Banned Books Week Sunday, September 25, through Saturday, October 1. The annual event emphasizes the freedom to read. “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,” explained library director Jody Carlson.
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. Carlson said, “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.”
Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. It 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.
The Grant County Public Library is displaying a special collection in honor of Banned Books Week. According to Carlson, “It might surprise you which books have been targeted for banning.”