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      September 22, 2019

      Sunday  12:00 PM

      1401 5th Street
      Coralville, Iowa 52241

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      Banned Books Week

      Banned Books Week
      Sunday, September 22, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
      Time details: 
      September 22-28 is Banned Books Week
      Coralville Public Library

      What are banned books?
      Banned and challenged books are books that individuals or groups have wanted to have removed from school or library bookshelves.

      Banned books are books that have been removed from schools or libraries because someone objected to their content.

      Challenged books are books that people have tried to have removed from libraries or schools.

      Why do people want to ban books?
      People sometimes object to the content of a book, or some of the content, and they think other people shouldn't be able to read it.

      They might object to violence, language, sexual content, religious content, racism, or almost anything else you can think of.

      For instance. . .
      There are people who want to ban some dictionaries because they define swear words.

      Some people think that Junie B. Jones books shouldn't be in schools or libraries because Junie doesn't use correct grammar.

      Some people object to fantasy books because they believe they encourage witchcraft.

      Some people object to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because they use words that we no longer find acceptable.

      Some people object to sex education books because they think they are too graphic, or that children shouldn't be taught about sex.

      Does the Coralville Public Library ban books?
      No, we do not ban books! We recognize Banned Books Week every year because we want to draw attention to the fact that there are people who want to ban books, and we want to celebrate our right to read freely. We think the library should be a place to explore all kinds of ideas.

      Banned and challenged books often make people uncomfortable, but they also make us think. Should we still read books that we now find racist, sexist, or homophobic? These are important questions, but we will never be able to answer them if libraries do not keep copies of those books around.

      We gave you a brochure about the library when you got your library card. In addition to telling you about fines and fees and food and drink and what to do if you forget your password, it also quotes from the Library Bill of Rights, a document written originally by a librarian in Des Moines and adopted as part of our library policies.

      It states, in part:

      • Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
      • Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval
      • A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

      We believe that every reader should be free to choose what they read and that no one else has the right to make that determination for them.

      Read freely!
      Banned and Challenged Books

      Categories: Literary & Books | Neighborhood

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