Friday, August 24, 2012

Say “Cheese” for Banned Books!

The Newport Library would like to take your photo holding a banned book, to use in our display case and website to promote awareness of Banned Books Week. Come to the library on Tuesday, August 28, and have your picture taken with a book of your choice! We will have plenty of books for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Perhaps you don’t read “those kinds” of books? What about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, The Grapes of Wrath, Fahrenheit 451, or the Bible? Each of these titles has been considered dangerous, inappropriate, or unsuitable by someone who has sought to keep others from reading them. The most frequently challenged books of the last decade can be viewed on the American Library Association’s website.

Don’t take threats to our freedom to read lightly. As George Bernard Shaw so aptly expressed it, “Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.”

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