LSU Libraries to Commemorate Banned Books Week with Exhibit
BATON ROUGE – LSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week with a month-long exhibit from Sept. 30-Oct. 31, housed in the libraries’ Education Resources department, located in Room 227 of Middleton Library.
Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be observed Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 by libraries, bookstores, schools and others concerned with freedom of speech. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, with the theme for this year's observance being, “Banned Books Week: Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature.”
Banned Books Week commemorates one of the most basic freedoms in a democratic society – freedom from censorship. Since its inception in 1982, it has served as a reminder that while not every book is intended for every reader, each person has the right to decide for themselves.
The LSU Libraries exhibit is a month-long celebration of intellectual freedom. Visitors are invited to browse the materials and learn the difference between banned and challenged books, as well as the most challenged books of 2011, including award winners and books challenged in Louisiana. There will also be a map on display that illustrates censorship efforts across the country, as well as information on the number of challenges by year, reason, institution and initiator between 1990 and 2010. Also, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom timeline highlights one book banned or challenged from each year between 1982 and 2012. Visitors can pick up a bookmark as well as a list of banned or challenged books.
LSU Libraries’ Banned Books Week exhibit will be on display Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 10 p.m. Note that library hours are subject to change due to events and resources. Hours can be confirmed by calling 225-578-2349 or 225-578-5652, or by visiting the LSU Libraries website at www.lib.lsu.edu.