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Celebrating the freedom to read!

Salisbury University Banned Books Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and

WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others; and

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and

WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and

WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and

WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and

WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and

WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and

WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and

WHEREAS, the American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and

WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Salisbury University's Library celebrates the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, (September 21st - September 27th, 2014), and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Salisbury University's Library encourages all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Salisbury University's Library encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.


Salisbury University Celebrates Banned Books Week 2014

This year we have a FUN project to call attention to Banned Books Week - we're taking "mug shots" of people who are caught reading Banned Books - and you can join us!  We will have a mug shot board in the lobby area of Library from Monday, September 22nd - Friday, September 26th, along with a cart of more commonly banned/challenged books for you to pose with.  

Come on by between Monday 9/22 - Friday 9/26, pick a book, and take your picture!  

Share with us using #subbw14 on:

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Banned Books

Hemingway, Mitchell, Steinbeck, Salinger and Toni Morrison: five authors whose works have helped to shape the American cultural landscape.

And five authors whose works have been either removed or challenged in American schools and libraries on many occasions.

Five of thousands.

The American Library Association reports that over 11,300 books have been challenged in American schools and libraries since 1982, the year that Banned Books Week was launched in response to a growing number of challenges.

Salisbury University's Library is joining school, university and public libraries from across the country to focus on this year's Banned Book Week, which runs from September 21st to the 27th. We hope that you will join us too, and celebrate this important event by honoring and declaring your freedom, and right, to read.

The Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.