This week is an important week for most libraries around the nation. Libraries are pillars of knowledge and learning. But libraries are also places of great rebellion. Libraries stand up for the first amendment, freedom of speech, they stand for the freedom to read, and they stand for intellectual freedom. What all those mean is that you can read what you want, learn about the topics that tickle your fancy, and speak your mind freely, at least in these hallowed halls, roosts of notoriety, and small rooms of brain boosting books. Since 1982, libraries have been defending books and authors against those that wish to see them removed from shelves, not only in libraries, but schools and book stores.
Since 1982, when banned books week started, libraries have championed over 11,200 titles and fought to keep them on bookshelves. Challenged books have faced serious charges such as racism, sexism and obscenities. Which in 2022 and the free access we have to many objectionable materials, one would think that folks would stop challenging books and start challenging other materials. The truth is that in late 2021 and into 2002, over 1,140 books were challenged for their contents.
If you’d like to learn more about banned books, or why these books were challenged, stop by and visit us at Wilton Public Library. We’d be happy to help you discover a banned book or two and allow you to visit your rebellious side.