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Activity Description and Instructions

Banned Books Week 2018

Image of the Official ALA Banned Books 2018 poster

Celebrate the Right to Read and Think Freely!

Schedule of speakers and presentations

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018.

 Carlson Library, Room 1005

UT Banned Books Coalition, AY 2018-19

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

The University of Toledo Banned Books Coalition Website

Paulette D. Kilmer, Communication Department, 419-530-4672, pkilmer@utnet.utoledo.edu
Glenn Sheldon, Honors College, 419-530-3261, glenn.sheldon@utoledo.edu
Arjun Sabharwal, University Libraries, 419-530-4497, arjun.sabharwal@utoledo.edu
Laura Mitchell, UT Alumnalknisel@hotmail.com
Josie Schreiber, ToledoLove Mobile Children's Library Founder, themomillennial@gmail.com, and


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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 These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the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

Banned Books Celebrations Across the US.

The Banned Books Vigil has celebrated the freedom to read books in the public space (schools, libraries, etc.) without having to fear for reprisal, threats, excommunication, or persecution.  Alas, the intentions of the vigil are grossly misunderstood and misrepresented where such liberties pose challenges to community values and politics.  The First Amendment ensures your freedom to lead and participate in free dialog on easy as well as sensitive topics, and  the selection of links below underscores the constitutional freedom to read despite such challenges.

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