Words Have Power: Banned Books Week 2017

September 27, 2017

Do you like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? How about classics like 1984 or Gone With the Wind? At one point these books and hundreds of others were challenged or banned across the country. Through the diligence of libraries, schools, bookstores, and citizens like you, these works remain on the shelves to be read by all. This week we celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read any book, no matter how unorthodox or unpopular its ideas may be.

Banned Books Week has a theme each year, and 2017 is dedicated to the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. From September 24th through the 30th, libraries and other organizations across the nation will be hosting events and providing information about the value of free and open access to information.

The Millvale Community LIbrary is proud to support the First Amendment and the fight against censorship. This week we will be featuring formerly banned books that have found a place on our shelves. The range of books includes every genre you can imagine: children’s books, memoirs, graphic novels, and celebrated classics. Come check out our display at the front of the library this week.

Want to learn more about Banned Books Week? Check out the many articles and stories on bannedbooksweek.org. Also consider celebrating the power of the written word by visiting the library and checking out a banned book!

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