SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield Town Library invites you to celebrate Banned Books Week Monday, Sept. 23 through Saturday, Sept. 28. Visit the library to learn the why, what, and who of banning books. And don’t forget to check out a banned book to judge for yourself. There will be plenty on display to choose from.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, staff and patrons will be reading aloud from banned books on the front steps of the library. Join us by signing up to read or stop by to listen any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date will be Thursday, Sept. 26.
Each year, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. Last year, the OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
To sign up to read or for more information, contact the library at 802-885-3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.