Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held in the fall, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. This year Banned Books Week in the first week in October.
A public scholarship project by students at Carnegie Mellon University. In honor of the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, each student in CMU English’s Banned Books course has selected a banned and/or challenged book to profile. These profiles provide readers with information about the books, their authors, and their histories of controversy and censorship.
Non-profit organization devoted to the protection of first amendment rights of people working in the comics/graphic novel medium. Get information on the anti-comics censorship movement of the 1950s and development of the Comics Code Authority.
Affiliated with the American Library Association, FtRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.
Organization devoted to the freedom of expression and literature. When there's the freedom to read, there must also be the freedom to write.
Book Banning in 21st-Century America by Emily J. M. Knox(EBSCO eBook) Requests for the removal, relocation, and restriction of books--also known as challenges--occur with some frequency in the United States. Book Banning in 21st-Century American Libraries, based on thirteen contemporary book challenge cases in schools and public libraries across the United States argues that understanding contemporary reading practices, especially interpretive strategies, is vital to understanding why people attempt to censor books in schools and public libraries.
Publication Date: 2015
Censorship Moments by Geoff Kemp (Editor)(EBSCO eBook) Censorship in varying forms has been part of human experience for 2,500 years and has proved itself to be a recurring presence for political thought, whether as active repression, a shaping context for expression, or as itself a subject for analysis and argument. The book's main focus is the public political dimension of censorship, in its relation to political authority and political thought, while also reflecting on the porous boundary to literature and other areas such as law and the media.
Publication Date: 2014
Free Speech and Censorship by H. L. Pohlman(EBSCO eBook) This book provides a comprehensive and impartial overview of laws and norms regarding free speech and censorship in the United States, with a particular focus on free speech rights and restrictions for individuals, politicians, corporations, and news organizations.
Publication Date: 2019
True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries by Valerie Nye (Editor); Kathy Barco (Editor)(EBSCO eBook) Intellectual freedom is a core value of librarianship, but fighting to keep controversial materials on the shelves can sometimes feel like a lonely battle. And not all censorship controversies involve the public objecting to a book in the collection--libraries are venues for displays and meetings, and sometimes library staff themselves are tempted to preemptively censor a work. Those facing censorship challenges can find support and inspiration in this book, which compiles dozens of stories from library front lines.