“… if all Printers were determin’d not to print anything till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed.”
Benjamin Franklin, from Apology for Printers (1731)
Imagine a world without such enduring classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Ulysses or Animal Farm. What if libraries or bookstores were banned from having such modern favorites as the Harry Potter and Twilight series on their shelves?
These are all books that have been challenged by groups and individuals attempting to remove them from libraries, bookstores and classrooms due to their subject matter being perceived as offensive, controversial or subversive. It would be a sad world if we lost access to the thought-provoking ideas and profound words contained within so many books. Nearly 300 years ago, Ben Franklin defended freedom of the press in his Apology for Printers. If publishers worried about offending everyone, “there would be very little printed” indeed.
This week, librarians, teachers, professors, booksellers, journalists, students and readers of all kinds will celebrate a significant right – the freedom to read.
Banned Books Week (September 21-27) began in 1982 as a way to bring awareness to the vast number of works of literature that have been banned, challenged or censored throughout history and into the present day. Join The University of Toledo in celebrating this enriching and eye-opening week. A Banned Books Week Vigil will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Carl Joseph Reading Room on the 5th floor of Carlson Library. A variety of individuals from UT and the community will speak every half hour on topics related to censorship and challenged books. 150 books and over 30 door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Light refreshments will be served as well.
Throughout the week, both Carlson and Mulford libraries will have banned or challenged books on display. Celebrate your freedom to read by checking one out!Share on Facebook