Westerly Library is celebrating Banned Books Week from September 24th-30th! Join us as we Read in the Park on September 29th -- drop in any time between 2:00 and 6:00pm!
During Banned Books Week, libraries, publishers, booksellers and readers nationwide celebrate the freedom to read, and highlight many of the wonderful books that have withstood (and continue to withstand!) challenges. To round off our celebration, we're inviting the #RebelReaders in our community to join us for a Read-in in the beautiful Wilcox Park. Bring your chairs or blankets, some snacks, and a book (banned ones encouraged -- check one out from our display in the library!) and join us in celebrating our right to read!
For extra fun, you can participate in the #RebelReader Twitter Tournament by tweeting one (or all) of the ALA's action items - and you'll be entered to win one of a variety of literary prizes from the ALA.
What is Banned Books Week?
Every year, hundreds of books are "challenged" in schools and libraries nationwide, resulting in many of these books being removed from the shelves (an annual list is compiled by the American Library Association - you can find them here). Banned Books include well-known titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, and Captain Underpants. The challenging of materials is more than a preference or difference of opinion; it's an attempt to remove or restrict access to materials, which is also a challenge to our freedom of speech and freedom of choice.