In honor of Banned Books Week, Eugene Public Library invites everyone to celebrate our Constitutional right to read, listen to, view, write, create, and otherwise experience or express whatever we choose.
Visit any Library location - Downtown, Bethel, or Sheldon - during the last week of September to pick up a free "I Read Banned Books" pin and/or bookmark.
On Sunday, September 24, all ages are welcome to a Banned Books Green Screen Photo Booth in the Downtown Library. Drop in between 2:00 and 4:00 to create a photo "with" a favorite controversial author, current or historical. A wide selection of banned and challenged books will also be available to include in your photo, or to borrow.
Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request -- or demand -- that public or school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films, and other resources.
Banned Books Week focuses on these efforts to remove or restrict access to books in order to draw attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week are titles that have been targeted for removal or restriction. Additionally, Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available precisely because people stood up and spoke out for the freedom to read.
Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. The project brings together the entire book community –- readers, writers, students, librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, journalists –- in shared support of the value of free and open access to information.
To learn more about challenges to free speech and how to protect it, visit:
OIF - American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom
ACLU - Banned Books
And here are some Banned Books Week reading suggestions, with titles linked to Eugene Public Library's catalog: Fiction and Nonfiction.