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Banned Books Week 2016

Celebrate the Right to Read and Think Freely!

Schedule of speakers and presentations

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1, 2016.

 Carlson Library, Fifth Floor, follow the signs from the elevator

UT Banned Books Coalition, AY 2016-17

UT Banned Books Coalition Slogan: Read, Think, Speak, Create Freely

The University of Toledo Banned Books Coalition Website

Jessica Harker, Independent Collegian, jharker@independentcollegian.com
Paulette D. Kilmer, Communication Department, 419-530-4672, pkilmer@utnet.utoledo.edu
Laura Mitchell, lknisel@hotmail.com
Josephine L. Schreiber, Communication student, Josephine.Schreiber@rockets.utoledo.edu
Glenn Sheldon, Honors College, 419-530-3261, glenn.sheldon@utoledo.edu
Arjun Sabharwal, University Libraries, 419-530-4497, arjun.sabharwal@utoledo.edu


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The Freedom to Read Statement - American Library Association

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Read the complete statement on the ALA Website

Key Messages

  • Libraries provide ideas and information across the spectrum of social and political viewpoints.
  • Libraries are one of our great democratic institutions.
  • Parents are responsible for supervising their own children's library use.

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