Friday, September 27, 2013

Banned Books Round Up

"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches." — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
We’re nearing the end of Banned Books Week, and what a week it’s been! Our events and displays have garnered attention and sparked quite a few conversations at the circulation desk, but there has also been a wider dialog happening in the media around the continuing attempts to censor literature for children and young adults (e.g., banning and unbanning Invisible Man, cancelling a young adult author’s speaking engagement, banning Dreaming in Cuban).

Many interesting pieces about banned and challenged books for youth have been making the rounds on the internet, so I’ve decided to put together a little collection of them for you mull over: 

 A Dirty Little Secret: Self-Censorship

A Plea for Book Censors to Stand Down 
Could Banning Books Actually Encourage More Readers?

Darkness too Visible 

True Love, Book Fights, And Why Ugly Stories Matter
If after looking through these links you feel like picking up a banned book, come swing by the librarywe have plenty!



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