Cobb Libraries Celebrate Forbidden Book Week
September 26 to October 2 is Forbidden Books Week, and the Cobb County Public Library is celebrating this week dedicated to supporting intellectual freedom!
It’s forbidden book week! Forbidden Book Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It emphasizes the value of free and open access to information.
Join us this week as we share information about the censorship challenges facing libraries across the United States while emphasizing the importance of your freedom to read!
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The American Library Association has issued the following press release on the meaning of Forbidden Book Week:
At a time when LGBTQIA + books and books focused on racism and racial justice are challenged to be taken off the shelves of libraries and schools, this year’s Forbidden Book Week, from September 26 to October 2 , is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the division of censorship. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship divides us. and it highlights how books cross borders and make connections between readers.
Forbidden Book Week brings together the entire book community, including librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types, supporting the freedom to research, read and express ideas, even ideas. that contain uncomfortable truths.
During the week, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country will commemorate the freedom to read while drawing attention to attempts to cancel books that share the stories of gay, trans, black, native and colored. , immigrants and refugees.
“Having the freedom to read, especially books that extend beyond our own experiences, expands our world and the ability to celebrate our differences,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “Sharing stories that are important to us means sharing a part of ourselves that promotes understanding and inclusion. We should not take the freedom to read for granted and encourage communities around the world to stand up against censorship and read a contested or banned book. “
In 2020, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 156 challenges regarding library, school and university documents and services, affecting 273 books. The office also noted a focus on calls for the removal of books that dealt with racism and racial justice or those that shared the stories of blacks, natives or people of color.
Libraries will celebrate Forbidden Books Week with events highlighting titles in the ALA’s Top 10 Most Contested Books of 2020. Among the titles on the list compiled by the OIF is “Something’s” ‘Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story of Racial Injustice ”by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. It was challenged for “divisive language” and because it was supposed to promote anti-police views. Alex Gino’s “George” was the most contested book of 2020 for LGBTQIA + content, conflicting with a religious point of view and not reflecting “the values of our community.”
Banned’s award-winning bestselling author Jason Reynolds is the first honorary president of Banned Books Week 2021. Reynolds is the author of over a dozen children’s books. Recently, two of Reynolds’ books, “All American Boys” (with Brendan Kiely) and “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” (with Ibram X. Kendi), were among the 10 Most Contested Books of 2020. Readers can join Reynolds for a live chat Sept. 28, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT on the Forbidden Book Week Facebook page. Reynolds will discuss censorship, children’s literature, and how books bring people together. The Forbidden Book Week Coalition, which includes ALA, will host the event.
Other highlights of the celebration include ALA’s annual Dear Banned Author program which invites readers to send tweets and letters to authors. The ALA will also continue to host its Prohibited Reading booth, where attendees submit videos of themselves reading banned and contested titles. Video submissions will appear on the Forbidden Book Week YouTube channel.
Typically held in the last week of September, Forbidden Book Week shines a light on current and historic attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Censorship remains a persistent threat to our freedom to read through attempts to ban or restrict books based on an individual or group’s objections to stories, opinions and ideas with which they disagree.
Additional information regarding Forbidden Book Week and celebrations is available at ala.org/bbooks, or follow Forbidden Book Week on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for the latest updates.