Each year during the last week of September, libraries, publishers, schools and other organizations emphasize the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment through the observance of Banned Books Week.
Last week, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, the staff of the L.V. Johnson Library drew attention to the topic of censorship with displays that spotlighted actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. The displays featured frequently disputed books such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Harper Lee), “The Color Purple” (Alice Walker), “The Catcher in the Rye”(J.D. Salinger), “My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) and “Go Ask Alice” (Anonymous). The Banned Book Week enhancements were designed, fabricated and installed by Reference Librarian Amy Coughenour.
For more information on recent challenges to intellectual freedom, visit the library’s Banned Books Week website.