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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

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Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

This week the ASIJ HS Library, along with other libraries and schools across the United States, is celebrating Banned Books Week, which raises awareness around intellectual freedom and the right to read. This event is endorsed by the Library of Congress, and supported by the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and the National Coalition Against Censorship.  Started in 1982, Banned Book Week works to counter an increase in bans and challenges in schools, stores and libraries. The theme for 2015 is Young Adult fiction.

In 2014 there were 311 requests of books to be removed or restricted access from libraries and bookstores across the U.S. Some of the books included a National Book Award winner, an ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award winner, and a book by Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize Winner.

Come check out the banned book display in the HS library this week. There are a lot of great books to choose from!

Catherine Fugelsang

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