A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
October is Reference Awareness Month. We are starting a day early with this post about how the librarians at the Information Desk can help students.
Today is the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week sponsored by the Office of Intellectual Freedom from the American Library Association. Of course, this organization of librarians is not in the business of banning books. Instead, it proclaims the week to inform the public of efforts made by libraries across the country to protect access to books and the ideas they contain.
Every year students come to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library (and other public libraries) with assignments to learn about which books have been targeted by individuals or groups to be removed from public and school libraries. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling are among the many books that have been challenged. The librarians at the Information Desk have the following resources to help the students complete their assignments.
Banned Books: Informal Notes on Some Books Banned for Various Reasons at Various Times in Various Places by Anne Lyon Haight. (098 HAI)
100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature by Nicholas J. Karolides and others. (098 KAR)
Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Young Adults prepared by the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association. (098 HIT)
These books will be at the Information Desk through Banned Books Week, September 30 – October 6. We also have a binder containing banned books annual reports covering the years 2003 through 2011.
The American Library Association also provides these useful online resources: