In our communities, the freedom to read might be one we take for granted. But we enjoy access to a wide variety of titles because librarians, teachers and students have stood up against censorship. In celebration of this freedom, the American Library Association is celebrating Banned Books Week through Saturday.
Locally, the York Emporium in downtown York is offering a 10 percent discount on the 100 most challenged books of the 20th century. And, several York County Libraries have created displays of commonly challenged titles:
- Collinsville Community Library is raffling off an “I Read Banned Books” tote filled with banned and challenged titles including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “The Lovely Bones” and “The Glass Castle.”
- Part of the display at Kaltreider-Benfer Library includes old-fashioned looking reward posters with several banned books listed. Patrons are asked to circle the books they have read, with the person who has read the most receiving a small prize at the end of the week.
- Arthur Hufnagel Public Library set up a display including the top 10 challenged books of 2012. No. 1? The “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and being unsuited for its age group.
Do you support the challenges made against recent titles? How do you decide what’s appropriate for you or your children to read? Leave a comment and let us know!