Today is the start of ALA’s Banned Books Week. The theme for this year is ” Our Right to Read”. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom( ALA OIF) tracks bans and challenges each year. According to the ALA OIF there was ” an alarming 17% increase in book censhorship complaints in 2016. Since most challenges are not reported, the actual number is probably much higher” ( Jacoby).
To kick of Banned Books week the Gingrich Library will be highlighting specific cases of recent censorship on our blog and Facebook.
Students staff and faculty are encouraged to sign up to read out on Wednesday September 27th! Selections from several banned and challenged materials will be available along with refreshments!
For more information please see : http://library.albright.edu/c.php?g=117712&p=766512
* Jacoby, Maggie. 2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read. ALA, Jun. 2017, http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/12963 . Accessed 31 July 2017.