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Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

Virtual Read-Out
Wed., Sept. 24
3:30 to 5 p.m.
East Teen Center at the East Library
Readers of All Ages Welcome!

During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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Would you support reading a

Would you support reading a book that explained how to be a better child molester?

Haven't read the book, but as

Haven't read the book, but as this girl gave her reasoning as to why a book such as this should be read, it struck me as illogical. She said there was offensive language in this book, but offensive language is everywhere and cannot be avoided; therefore a book like this that includes this language is okay to read. Wow! It can't be avoided, so let's just dive into it. The very fact that she called it "offensive language" reveals she KNOWS it's offensive. Looks like some responsible parenting is needed here.

Maybe you would worry less if

Maybe you would worry less if you took an interest in your child's life and the literature they consume. You shouldn't rely on someone else (the government, the school, the library) to control what your child reads, you should be an actually involved parent.

Banned Books

Why would you want to encourage people, especially children, to read inappropriate books? Everyone always wants to fight against any type of rule or boundary set by others. This is foolishness. We should feel safe sending our children to the library knowing that they will not encounter inappropriate material.

Banned books week is an

Banned books week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox. Libraries, publishers, book publishers and teachers celebrate the freedom to read.

The books, movies, etc. that have been challenged – that is someone wanted the item removed from a library or a reading list because of personal objections. Some of the classic titles that have been challenged and occasionally removed include The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone with the Wind, and the Jungle. Most often challenged titles last year included-Bless Me Ultima, The Hunger Games and the Bluest Eye. Some people do not want to read these titles, but many do. It is amazing to search the Internet for the lists of items that people have objected to. You are bound to be surprised.

The items on display at our Libraries are not items that have been challenged at the Pikes Peak Library District. We are fortunate to have very few items challenged. The idea is that one person’s objections should not dictate what other patrons read or view or listen to.

The displays are meant to celebrate the right to read the materials that you are interested in. Inappropriate material varies from person to person and family to family and it is important to set guidelines for your own family. Sydne Dean , Associate Director of Public Services

The Great American Democracy

The American Democracy--of which I am proud to be a citizen--was built on principles of freedom. That includes the freedom to consume material which others--such as yourself--find objectionable. Communist China bans books. The Third Reich banned books. The North Korean government bans books. Fortunately, we live in a Democracy rather than a Dictatorship, and so we are free to read whatever books we choose. I, for one, am proud to be a patron of a library district which supports freedom and democracy rather than censorship and dictatorship.

I understand the concern, but

I understand the concern, but many of the books on this list are children's books (some have/are on the Battle of the Books list as well). I think that the aim of having a a banned book list read out is to enjoy these books and ideas that are often banned elsewhere; we should be thankful to have such freedoms.