Monday, September 26, 2016

Banned Books Week 2016 Celebrates Diversity

September 25 - October 1 is Banned Books Week, an event that celebrates the freedom to read by bringing attention to written works that have been banned, censored, or otherwise challenged in academic and library settings. The focus for this year’s celebration is diversity, highlighting frequently challenged and/or banned books by diverse authors and containing diverse content.

ALA poster: Defend the First Amendment, Read a Banned Book

This year LITS will recognize Banned Books Week with a display of books in the library atrium from September 26-October 3. You can view a virtual collection of the books online as well.

Display of banned books in library atrium.

We’ll also be sharing “shelfies” of LITS staff reading their favorite banned books on Instagram (litsmhc) and Twitter (@LITSatMHC). If you’d like to take and post your own shelfie on Twitter or Instagram, be sure to include the hashtag #free2readmhc!

Want to know more about Banned Books week? Here are some additional resources for further reading:

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016
Defining Diversity
Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content
Frequently Challenged Books
2015 Book Challenges Infographic