Happy Banned Books Week!

Did you know? Saturday marked the start of the 2011 Banned Books Week, which this year takes place September 24th-October 1st.  Established in 1982, this annual event “highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”
Interested in learning more or getting involved? Check out the ALA’s lists of banned and frequently challenged books. Did any of your favorites make the list?
You can also take part in this year’s Virtual Read-Out, by submitting a short video of yourself reading from a banned or challenged book. Criteria and instructions are available here, and you can browse submissions to the dedicated Youtube channel here.
Looking for a banned book to read in observation of Banned Books Week? Stay tuned to the SCL blog for highlights from our holdings!

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