CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
Celebrate Banned Book Week in the CITGO IA!
What if your favorite book of all time was no longer allowed to be read by ANYONE?
How about if there were topics that were off limits for people to read or write about?
How would you feel if you were restricted from reading because of your gender or ethinicity?
Luckily, none of these scenarios are the reality here in the good ol’ USA! Anyone can read what they want and libraries are a big part of providing access to people to the diverse world of books and ideas.
Unfortunately, sometimes people want to restrict access to library materials on the basis of age or for political / religious reasons. Restricting or banning books is a form of censorship that all types of libraries face everyday. The American Library Association helps libraries all over the country face the problem of censorship by providing valuable resources for libraries that face these kinds of challenges. Because of this role, they keep track of libraries and materials that often “challenged” by patrons. Every year they report on the most challenged books from libraries all over the country. This year’s list includes (but is not limited to):
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
George by Alex Gino
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Night by Elie Wiesel
Books get challenged for reasons that range from inappropriate language to discomfort over others reading about diverse lifestyles and, while most people may mean well, no one should be allowed to restrict the ideas of others or the right to read them.
Stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and learn more about “Banned Books” and why we celebrate your right to read! And your libraries being the last bastion of intellectual freedom!
Dawn Scuderi has a Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. This is her 3rd year as Library Director at LHS.
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