Libraries across the country are gearing up for Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week, the last week of September, celebrates reading while putting a spotlight on censorship by encouraging people to read books that have often been restricted or challenged. The national event is sponsored by the American Library Association.
At Tyler Public Library, plans are underway for the annual celebration, including a display of challenged books. The library released a statement on the upcoming events:
One of the most important principles of the United States is freedom of expression. The ability to freely exchange ideas and opinions is a fundamental part of any democracy. Unfortunately, there are those that,
while acting with the best of intentions, would deny others that right by limiting what others can read.
“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight,” said author Stephen Chbosky.
The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Along with other libraries across the country, all month long, your Tyler Public Library will be celebrating the freedom to read. Check out the display of banned and challenged books and get your “mug shot” taken holding one of them. “Literary Resistance” wrist bands will also be available for a donation.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or are restricted in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available, thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
For more information on Banned Books Week, click here, call the Library at 903-593-7323, visit the Tyler library's website or visit the library in person at 201 S. College Ave. in Downtown Tyler.
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