Banned Books Week is always the last week of September. It is a week that celebrates the freedom to be able to read whatever you choose. In today’s society, books are being banned more due to issues of diversity. James La Rue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom states, “there’s been a shift toward seeking to ban books focused on issues of diversity, things that are by or about people of color, or LGBT, or disabilities, or religious and cultural minorities and that shift is very clear” (IFLA blog, Sept 27, 2018).
That is why we are partnering this year for our Banned Books Read Out with the office of Multicultural Student Services. Please join us on October 2nd at 4pm at the new Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center. The theme of this year’s Banned Book Week is “Banning Books Silences Stories.” We want to make sure all of our voices are heard. Won’t you add yours to ours?