Banned Books Week Discussions on the Right to Intellectual Freedom
Join us for Banned Books Week 2011! September 26-October 1. Hourly discussions with freshmen classes involve the First Amendment, a brief history of book banning (and burning), and the right to read and seek information. 10th-12th graders who have likely participated in that discussion previously will have a number of different Banned Books Week activities in a 'walking tour' of the LMC.
The LMC will accomodate up to 70 class discussions during Banned Books Week.
The LMC during Banned Books Week: We place hundreds of books that have been challenged into brown paper bags. On the outside of each bag is a description of the reason for the challenge or ban.
Map of Books censored 2007-2011 by BannedBooksWeek.org
Invitation brochure for teachers (pdf, trifold brochure in color)
What is Banned Books Week?
Banned Books Week is a celebration of the right to read and the freedom to find the information you seek. Created by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is celebrated nationwide the last week of September each year.
The American Library Association says:
"The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society." Read more at the ALA Website.