On Wednesday September 24th 2014 the Gingrich Library celebrated our third annual Banned Books Read Out. The Read Out was held in honor of ALA’s “ Banned Books Week”. According to the American Library Association:
Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. According to ALA’s OIF, for every banned book reported, there are many more that are not.This year’s Banned Books Week is spotlighting graphic novels because, despite their literary merit and popularity as a format, they are often subject to censorship. Graphic novels continually show up on the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Top 10 List of Most Frequently Challenged Books. The most current list for 2013 includes two graphic novels: Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series “Bone” at #10( ALA.org).
Several volunteers were on hand to read their favorite banned books. The books that were read included: To Kill a Mockingbird, Fifty Shades Darker, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Lady Chatterley’s Love and the Graveyard Book.
Thank you to all who read and helped us celebrate this important week!
ALAnews. Affirm the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014
. American Library Association, September 16th 2014. website. October 1, 2014 .