Friday, September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read 

Banned Books Week: September 27 - October 3 

Many popular books have been banned or challenged over the years. Read more about what the difference is between "banned" and "challenged," and why these attempts at censorship matter: American Library Association: About Banned and Challenged Books

From their site:

"As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in Texas v. Johnson , said most eloquently:

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.

If we are to continue to protect our First Amendment, we would do well to keep in mind these words of Noam Chomsky:

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

The SWC Library is featuring a display of commonly challenged or banned books. Stop by the second floor near the entrance to browse the titles and check out any of the books for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card. 

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