Banned Book Roll Call
Now Presenting: HCC's Banned Books for 2012!
Welcome to Banned Books Week: Celebrate your right to read!
Banned Books Week is an annual event and will be taking place throughout the United States during the week of October 1-October 7. We have created this guide to help Howard Community College Students learn more about Banned Books, their right to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. On this guide, you will find information covering a variety of issues surrounding Banned Books including history, rationale, and links to useful websites. We hope you enjoy, explore and learn something new!
ALA Banned Books Puppet Video
Watch as puppets misinterpret the meaning of Banned Books Week, trying to throw some books with objectionable content--including Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy of Cooking, and the phone book--out of the library, until Herb points out the error of their ways. This video is from the 2009 Banned Books Week. For more ALA videos, please visit www.alfocus.ala.org
Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week
View this video by Bill Moyers about Banned Books. The video discusses why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.
Banned Books Definition
October 1-October 7, 2012
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
American Library Association. "Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read." n.d. Web. 29 Jul. 2011
Calendar of Events
- Tuesday October 2nd: Banned Books on Parade: Come view a variety of banned books including our top 15 books for this year. Learn more about why books are banned. 11:00AM-1:00PM CL 200 and Duncan Hall Lobby
- Tuesday October 2nd: "Protesting Banned Books": The Historic Role of Grove Press": A free event presented in partnership with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, featuring Michael Dirda and Jeanette Seaver. Monteabaro Hall 2:00PM-3:20PM
- Wednesday October 3rd: CENSORED!: View media regarding several books that have been censored, followed by a discussion. 12:30PM-1:50PM Monteabaro Hall
HCC Banned Book of the Day
Every day during Banned Books Week, we will be showcasing one of the books from our list as the "Book of the Day". Here you will find the book as well as a link to the HCC library catalog that includes details on the book. Enjoy!