Celebrate Your Freedom To Read: Banned Books Week 2017

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College

By Musselman Library Staff

Have you ever read The Kite Runner? What about The Color Purple? Or The House on Mango Street? These books, and many others which contain diverse social and cultural themes, have been challenged and even banned in schools, libraries, and bookstores each year. According to the American Library Association, over 50% of banned books are written by authors of color or contain diverse themes and characters. What would we be missing if their voices were never heard?

To celebrate the impact of diverse books on our lives and communities, visit Musselman Library this upcoming week, from September 25-29, for our annual Banned Books Week display on the main floor. Come tell us how a ‘banned book’ has impacted your worldview or check out a ‘banned book’ to expose yourself to places you have never been, ideas you have not yet encountered, or cultures different from your own. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you discover!

To learn more about banned books and diversity, visit the American Library Association’s website at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/diversity or ask your friendly librarians!

 

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