Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week at the Learning Commons!
September 24th – October 6th, 2015
Banned Books Week starts September 27th, 2015! Libraries all over the United States will celebrate the continuing support of librarians, educators, and other community members to provide access to all available sources of information. This annual event helps raise awareness of the fight on censorship of books that deal with controversial and unpopular topics and situations. Materials have also been targeted for the use of offensive language and stereotypes. Typically, the rights of children are most affected by banned and challenged books.
Show that you appreciate the fight for intellectual freedom! Check out a banned or challenged book from the RBHS Learning Commons Banned Books Week display, which will be presented in the fiction section starting Thursday, September 24th. This unique display will include items that have been targeted for restriction or removal from classes and libraries all over the world. Each item included will be displayed with information about why they were targeted.
Also, when you come by to grab a banned book make sure you enter the Banned Books Week Challenge! Look for the poster with clues to three popular books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in the United States, including in South Carolina. Take a minute to research the information given for each item. Once you think you have all three books figured out, write the names of the books on your slip of paper, and drop it into the available jar on the table underneath the poster. Make sure you include both your full name and school email address on the paper! There will be a drawing to determine the winner on the morning of October 6th, and the lucky reader will receive a bag full of goodies as a prize!
To learn more about Banned Books Week and the fight for free access to information for all, go to www.ala.org/bbooks.