According to the American Library Assocation,
Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. See Notable First Amendment Cases.
Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty:
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
- the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
- the material contained "offensive language"
- the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
Although this is a commendable motivation, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA's basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.
Keep checking back throughout the week for more activities and information about banned books!
American Library Association. "About Banned & Challenged Books." ala.org. American Library Association, 2012. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.
Need information on how to register to vote? Stop by the voter registration information table on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3 from 10am-2pm in Webber Hall to get information.
Have a delicious free lunch at Hotel Roanoke while getting expert tips on business etiquette and dining!
SIGN UP TODAY in the Hall Career Center-Thomas Center, G202.
When : Wednesday,October 24, 2012
Where: Hotel Roanoke
*LIMITED SEATING, Hall Career Center PASSPORT EVENT*
Are you interested in employment with AmeriCorps VISTA or Salvation Army? Come ask questions about how volunteer services can lead to employment opportunities.
Thursday, October 18th 12:00-1:30
*This event qualifies for an Hall Career Center passport stamp*
SIGN UP IN THE HALL CAREER CENTER G202
Explore career opportunities in the Roanoke Region by visiting local companies. Come by The Hall Career Center and SIGN UP TODAY!!
October 4 : Neathawk Dubuque & Packette
October 11: Carilion Clinic
October 25: WDBJ 7
November 1: Roanoke Cement
November 15: Woods Roger, PLC
*Limited Seating, HCC Passport events*
Learn how to use the VEC website and learn how to job search, training opportunities, labor market information and much much more!
Thursday, October 11 from 2-4
Sign Up Today in the Hall Career Center G202
*Limited Seating, HCC Passport Event*
Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you want by coming to the Banned Books Week Kickoff event at Brown Library!
TODAY ONLY, from 10am-2pm, Student Life and the library will be giving away free copies of the following banned books: The Color Purple (30th anniversary edition), The Hunger Games, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. While you’re there, take a break and make your own banned bookmark to go with your book!
And don’t forget to come to the free movie, Smoke Signals, on Wednesday, 1pm!
Visit Our Displays on the Top Floor. See examples of books that have been banned and find out the reasons behind it.
The week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions— even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating books which have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country. For a short history of attempts at censoring books, please see The Online Books Page Presents Banned Books Online at the University of Pennsylvania. Included in this page are links to the actual texts of these works, available for free online.
On Monday, October 1, 2012, a new curb side diner will be open on campus. The Rock & Roll Diner will be located on South Campus behind the Humanities Building in parking lot 1.
The diner will offer breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches, tacos and much more!
The Rock & Roll diner will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Come check it out next week.