“Books unite us, censorship divides us” – IVLeader.com
The Jacobs Library will host Forbidden Books Week, an annual event of the American Library Association, from Sunday, September 26 to Saturday, October 2 to recognize current and past attempts to censor books in schools and public libraries.
Library technicians Elizabeth Small and Quillie Gaskill discussed how important it is to have access to a multitude of different perspectives and to celebrate the opportunity that people have here to buy specific books when there is a severe censorship in other parts of the world.
By reading and learning more about these books, students are able to understand what others may think and allow them to live in someone else’s shoes.
While some books may be banned for their content, Grace Norris, Electronic Resource Librarian, explained that many books can be challenged because of the author or what they said.
The spokesperson for the 2021 annual event is Jason Reynolds, author of two books listed in the “Top 10 Most Contested Books of 2020,” Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You with Ibram X. Kendi and All American Boys with Brendan Kiely.
Small and Gaskill mentioned that there will be a storefront available for students with book covers and QR codes that link to SOAR, the Jacobs Library catalog, as many of them are e-books this year.
For more information and to see the rest of the top ten list books, visit ala.org and libguides.ivcc.edu for updates.