Celebrate ‘Banned Books Week’ by reading controver...

Celebrate ‘Banned Books Week’ by reading controversial material

Literary works that provoke controversy and prompt society to reexamine its values are the focus during the James E. Walker Library’s observation of Banned Books Week Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.

Volumes in the library atrium’s Banned Books Week display will be available for checkout.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

The American Library Association’s 2011 list of the most challenged books include the entire Hunger Games trilogy, My Mom’s Having a Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

For more information, contact Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or

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