Friday, September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

In support of the right to choose books freely, Tulare County Library joins the American Library Association, libraries, and bookstores all over to the country to commemorate Banned Books Week. From September 27 through October 3, 2015, the Library highlights the annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made with the people who know them best - their parents!

This year's observance centers on a most basic constitutional freedom "Celebrating the Freedom to Read" and encourages us not to take this for granted.

Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds us that while not every book is intended for every reader, the right of each individual to decide what to read, listen to, or view is fundamentally American. Tulare County Library and thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by showcasing books that have been banned, censored, or threatened, and highlighting those who bravely speak out about censorship.

On display in the Visalia Branch are works by and about authors who supported intellectual freedom, including Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, Judy Blume, and Henry Thoreau. Stop by and borrow one of these books wrapped in paper as a symbol of the many titles which have been banned or censored.

American libraries are cornerstones of our democracy, because libraries provide free access to a world of information that brings opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read @ your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.

The Tulare County Library provides something for everyone. For more information on programs, resources, and library locations please call (559) 713-2700 or go to  The Visalia Branch is located at 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291.