It’s Banned Books Week and we’re encouraging you to live on the wild side and read a banned books. As a library we tend to wear looks of disapproval whenever books are banned. As advocates of intellectual freedom we frown upon being denied access to books. Some believe book banning to be a thing of the past, but it’s actually still a problem. Bannedbooksweek.org has a map that shows book banning by state from 2007-2011 and there are quite a few, though luckily Michigan doesn’t have too many. The most common reason cited for banning a book are profanity, sex, violence, and religion; these tend to be touchy topics and often result on banning within schools.
Interestingly enough banning a book seems to have the opposite effect than what protestors were looking for. The saying ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity’ seems to ring true when it comes to banned books. Banning a book creates controversy, controversy makes the news, and the news grabs people’s attention. Human beings are naturally curious creatures, so when we’re told ‘don’t read this’ we automatically feel a desire to read it. We want to know what all the fuss is about and so we work around the bans and read it so we may inform our own opinion.
Join us this week in our rebellion against book banning andread a banned book!