Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrate the Freedom to Read, Sept 21-28

Banned Books Week is an annual event, observed nationally, that celebrates the right to read.

Anyone who has read “The Hunger Games”, “Gone with the Wind”, “The Great Gatsby”, or even “The Adventures of Captain Underpants”, has read a book that has been challenged or banned at a library or in a classroom somewhere in the United States.

According to the American Library Association’s website, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

This year’s Banned Books Week takes place September 21-28.

At Salem Public Library, there will be a display of books that have been challenged or banned, booklists, and also an interactive activity designed to test participants’ knowledge of well-known, but sometimes controversial, books. 

Those who can identify any one of six banned books from the evidence presented will be awarded an “I Read Banned Books” pin.  Intrigued?  Stop by the Information desk at Salem Public Library’s Main branch to learn more.

For more information on Banned Books Week visit Salem Public Library’s website at, or call 503-588-6052.