Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week 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. (from http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm)
To navigate the guide, use the tabs above or click the links below:
- Learn more about the Virtual Readout & see a video of MCC President reading from 1984
- Learn more about Intellectual Freedom & Censorship
- View an interactive censorship map
- See examples of banned books the MCC Libraries have and view lists of banned or challenged books
- View news articles and websites on Intellectual Freedom & Censorship
- Watch some YouTube videos about Banned Books
- Read some cool quotes about Banned Books
What are banned books?
"A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content. In some cases, banned books of the past have been burned and/or refused publication. Possession of banned books has at times been regarded as an act of treason or heresy, which was punishable by death, torture, prison time, or other acts of retribution. A book may be challenged or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. We take the acts of banning or challenging a book as a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship--striking at the very core of our freedom to read." -- from About.com
Timeline of Banned Books
This timeline was put together to celebrate 30 years of liberating literature. It features one book for each year from 1982 - 2012.