Thursday, October 07, 2010

Banned Books and Censorship

We hope you enjoyed the banned books display around the library to celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept 25-Oct 2).

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions - to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful.

In the heading above, you will find a google map with book bans and challenges since 2007. Additionally, the following link will direct you to Google's Transparency Report (Government requests to remove content from the World Wide Web):

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