Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week, September 21-27


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Ideas and Resources, Calendar of Events, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

For media inquiries related to Banned Books Week, please contact: Heather Cho, Media Relations Specialist, 312-280-4020, hcho@ala.org.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American PublishersComic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September is Library Card Sign-up Month



Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Participate on social media using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp.

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Xmen, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four is the  Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Video: Stan Lee on the value of libraries


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Library and Information Science Titles Research Guide


New Titles have recently been added to the New Library and Information Science Titles Research Guide. To find out more about these titles and how your library and library staff can borrow them visit the New LIS Titles Guide
 

For more Research Guides from WVLC visit the Research Guide Home