We’re back with two more books that have been banned! The purpose of this week is to highlight when & how book banning still happens, and how libraries are working to overcome these challenges and allow free access to information, for everyone.
In the first, Trevor Kearns, English faculty, reads The Handmaid’s Tale. This book was required reading for a class in North Carolina last year but was challenged by thousands of parents (some from outside the school district) because of its content. It was not removed from the curriculum but parents are able to ‘opt out’ their children from reading this book. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the top 100 books banned or challenged in the US in the last decade.
In the second, student Terry Pike reads Go Ask Alice. This book, an anonymous story of a teenager’s life on the street, has been controversial since it was published in the 1970s. Most recently, it was challenged in a Middle School in South Carolina, in 2008.
Today, from noon to one in the library solarium, we are hosting a Coffee & Conversation session about Banned Books Week. What is Banned Books Week about? Why do we celebrate it? What are our favorite banned books? Come chat, get some coffee, and maybe even read aloud from a banned book!