The American Library Association in collaboration with other bookseller, publisher, journalist and censorship associations is commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week September 30 through October 6. Banned or challenged books are typically selected by well intentioned individuals who think that the content of a certain book may in some way harm its intended audience. Many American classics have been placed on the banned book list during the last thirty years. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was listed last year as well as many books geared towards young adults and teens. Recent notable titles include: the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, and the Hunger Games trilogy.
ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom cites that the three main reasons for challenging materials: it was considered to be sexually explicit, contained offensive language and/or was unsuitable to any age group (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/aboutbannedbooks).
The Milton-Union Public Library will provide a back wall display during the week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 for those who would like to read challenged and banned books for themselves. “Even one of our Ohiolibraries has banned the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy,” states P.R. Specialist Tina Weber. “I feel that when an individual or group sparks a discussion about any type of written material, it contributes to a channel of communication that can include an entire community; that is one way we maintain our humanity.”
The library is located at 560 S. Main Street, WestMilton. For more information on this or other library programs, please visit or call the library at 698-5515 or go to the website www.mupubliclibrary.org.