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“Banned Books Week” to be Celebrated During the Entire Month of September at the Library

“Banned Books Week” to be Celebrated During the Entire Month of September at the Library

Posted September 05, 2008


Banned books and a Poem exhibited in the Cafe Display case
Exhibited in the library’s display case near the cafe is a tribute to banned books titled “Banned Book Week – Celebrate the Freedom to Read” during the entire month of September.
Banned Books Week is an awareness campaign sponsored annually by the American Library Association (ALA), in an attempt to protect freedom of speech by celebrating banned and challenged books. Held during the last week of September since 1982, Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine controversial literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores.

The Library’s own graphic designer Jill Marshall-Work composed the poem “Read a Banned Book” that is on display along with books that have been banned.

“Read a Banned Book”
By Jill Marshall-Work

Once in a happy and faraway land,
no one thought books should be challenged or banned.
People read histories and mysteries galore, non-fiction, fairy tales, classics and more!

People knew access to books is required
to keep our brains challenged, enlightened, inspired.
Then came the words fervent booklovers dread:
“Should J.D. Salinger ever be read?”

Soon many voices chimed in to complain,
Ban C.S. Lewis, James Joyce, and Mark Twain.
No Maya Angelou; Chaucer’s risqué;
Banish 'The Bible.' Lock Dickens away.

No Arthur Miller, lock up "The Koran."
Steinbeck and Hawthorne wrote books we should ban.
Padlock 'The Talmud,' put Freud in seclusion.
Challenging Darwin’s a foregone conclusion.

Ban the Anne Frank. No 'And Tango Makes Three.'
Put Harry Potter behind lock and key.
Get rid of 'Junie B. Jones' and Thoreau.
Ditch Dr. Seuss; even Shakespeare should go!

Yet still in libraries, doors open wide, sharing the treasures the books hold inside.
So celebrate books, show the world where you stand.
Open your mind, read a book that’s been banned.

For more information about this exhibit, please call 732-390-6767.