October 2010 Exhibit – Banned Books

Banned Books Week is observed from the end of September through the first part of October each year. 

Why are books challenged and banned?  Most of the time, a book is challenged by a person in the community, school or college based on a number of different criteria.  A long process determines if a book will end up being banned from that library.  Many well known books such as The Color Purple, Fahrenheit 451 and The Grapes of Wrath have been banned at one time or another from libraries all over the United States.

This month’s WCC Library book exhibit showcases books which have been banned recently or far in the past.  Since the Library Bill of Rights from the American Library Association states that “libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment,” we invite you to check out and read one of these titles and come to your own conclusion about whether or not is should or should not have been banned.   

To learn more about banned books and censorship in libraries, please visit the Loyola University Libraries webpage where there are also links to more information about this controversial topic.

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