The Jane Bancroft Cook Library, 5800 Bay Shore Road, will be celebrating Banned Books Week from September 25, 2010 through October 2, 2010 with a display of posters, photographs with students holding a banned or challenged book, copies of banned or challenged books in our library and a raffle of classic banned book titles.
Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and they protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups–or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore contemporary issues and controversies to classic and beloved works of American literature.
Beginning Monday September 27, the Library will be raffling a classic banned book each day. Titles include The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, 1984 by George Orwell, and other books that have been banned or challenged throughout history. We encourage students to come to the Cook Library service desk and fill out an entry form. Drawings will be held every afternoon.
The entire community is invited to join us in the library for this important week of celebrating your freedom to read – and come have your picture taken with your favorite banned book.
The ALA (American Library Association) slogan for this year is “Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same.”