Celebrate Banned Books Week

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”—Frederick Douglas

In our country, the ability to read what you want and access information is a right that has been cherished—and challenged. Libraries have long been champions of intellectual freedom and that role continues today. We will always fight for your right to read what you want.

Libraries across the country celebrate this during Banned Books Week, which started Saturday, September 24 and runs through October 1. To celebrate, we’ll be posting about banned books on Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

Want to participate in the excitement? You can record yourself reading part of a banned or challenged book and upload it to a special YouTube channel run by the American Library Association. For more information, go to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/4 and find out how to participate. If you do this, please let us know! We’d love to see what banned books you love.

As Helen Exley said, ‘Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” Here at FDLPL, we believe in the power of reading, in all its forms, to transform lives. Need help instilling a love of reading in your child? The happy, friendly staff in the Children’s room have resources to help. Trying to discover a book that really sucks you in and challenges you ? Stop by the Help Desk and let one of our friendly Reference librarians find something that suits your tastes. Looking for information or non-fiction? Pop up to the second floor and we’ll be happy to help.

To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out :

Banned Books Week http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Freedom to Read Foundation http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/affiliates/relatedgroups/freedomtoreadfound...

Stop by all week—we’ll be highlighting some of the most commonly challenged books and celebrating every person’s right to think for themselves.

 

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