Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

September 24−October 1, 2011

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.”  – Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Celebrate your freedom to read! Two of the great hallmarks of our culture are the freedom to read and the freedom of expression. This means we are all free to choose the books we read and writers are free to express themselves through written or visual works, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.  Throughout history, these rights have been challenged by individuals, organizations and governments.  Banned Books Week  highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted prohibition of books across the United States.  Come over to the Calvin T. Ryan Library, visit our banned books display, unplug, and settle into a comfy chair with your favorite banned book.

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