Banned Books Week

Event Celebrates Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event "celebrating the freedom to read  and the importance of the First Amendment'' (American Library Association).  Judith Krug, a prominent advocate for libraries and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, initiated the first ever Banned Books Week or BBW, as it has come to be called, in 1982.  The campaign has been held the last week in September since that first observance.


The list of books that have been banned at one time or another in the United States includes a number of American classics including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, My Friend Flicka, and A Wrinkle in Time.  (Click here to read a more complete list.)


In the end, most of the books that someone or some group has attempted to ban or restrict were not banned thanks to the work of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and others in the communities where the challenged were made.


Several SCPS libraries observed Banned Books Week (September 24 - Ocotober 1, 2011).  Krista Heres, librarian at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, and her assistant, Wendy Poole, decorated the library doors with photos of book jackets of some titles that have been banned.  Clarisse Bushman, librarian at Strasburg High School, and her assistant Martha Stout, arranged a display of books that have been banned.  Carole Bates, librarian at Stonewall Jackson High School, and Emily Ritchie, her assistant,  observed the event with a banner, bulletin board, and display.


Peter Muhlenberg's Library Door
Peter Muhlenberg's Other Library Door

Display in the Strasburg HS Library