In honor of Banned Books Week (Oct. 1-7), Eugene Public Library invites everyone to celebrate and rededicate ourselves to our right to read, listen to, view, write, create and otherwise experience or express whatever we choose.
This right is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. For years, many people in this country assumed that censorship was a thing of the past or at least that “it doesn’t happen here.” Each year, the American Library Association honored Banned Books Week largely as a reminder of historical events and an encouragement to remain aware of the potential threat of censorship and the importance of freedom of speech.
But in the past few years, our nation has faced a striking increase in censorship. Individuals, organizations, candidates and elected officials are requesting, demanding and sometimes legislating that public libraries, school libraries, classrooms and book stores remove or restrict access to particular titles.
In addition to addressing the harm that censorship causes, Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that over time, in the majority of cases, books have remained available precisely because people spoke out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- readers, writers, students, librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers and journalists –- in shared support of the value of free and open access to information, entertainment and inspiration.
Your library offers a large, rich and varied selection of choices to explore every day, as well as themed events at this time:
City Club of Eugene: Are Civil Liberties Under Attack in Oregon and America?
Fri., Sept. 29, noon, in-person location to be announced; or watch online live or later.
Eugene Public Library's acting director Angela Ocañ speaks about intellectual freedom.
Bring Your Own Banned Book Group
Sun., Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m., Downtown Library
Adults: get together to talk about favorite books and the freedom to read.
Banned Books Community Art Project
Anytime, Oct. 1-7, Bethel Branch
All ages: contribute to this collective display.
Tween Spotlight: Banned Books
Tues., Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Downtown Library
Ages 9-12: talk about favorite books and the freedom to read.
Fri., Oct. 6, 4 p.m., Sheldon Branch
Ages 13-19: express yourself creatively.
To stay informed about constantly-breaking news on this topic and to get involved in protecting this essential right, visit:
ACLU - Banned Books
American Library Association
National Coalition Against Censorship
OIF - American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom
EveryLibrary Banned Book Store