DATE: September 6, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Celebrate the freedom to read whatever you want during Banned Book Week. Slated for September 22-28, Banned Books Week began in 1982 as an awareness campaign to raise awareness of banned and challenged books and celebrate personal intellectual choice. During Banned Book Week, books that have been banned or challenged are featured in libraries, schools and bookstores, including in exhibits, displays and programs held at Broward County Libraries.
The commemoration of Banned Book Week also stresses the importance of free and open public access to information and draws attention to the gravity of the issue by spotlighting books that have been targeted for banning. In 2012, the American Libraries Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom received 464 "challenges" that complained about the content of certain books and their suitability in public schools and libraries. The top five books that were challenged can all be found at Broward County Library. Click on the link to visit the Library's catalog and place a hold them.
Banned Books Week Events @ Broward County Libraries
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
September 3 – Banned Book Art Contest for Students, from ages 12-18, entry forms with contest details available at Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351, 954-765-1500
September 18 – Book Bunch: Beloved, by Toni Morrison, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
September 23 – Celebrate Your Freedom to Read with Banned Books Bingo! Ages 13-18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Alvin Sherman Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
September 23 – Movie and Discussion: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 2 to 5 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444
September 23 – Banned Books Open Mic Event, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2600 N.W. 9 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 954-357-7670
September 28 – Teens Read Banned Books! Discussion with snacks, ages 12-18, 2 p.m. Pre-register and choose a book beginning September 3 at Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351, 954-765-1500
Banned Books Week Book Displays: North Regional/Broward College Library, Northwest Regional Library
Banned Books Week Exhibits: Deerfield Beach Percy White Library, Imperial Point Library, Pembroke Pines Library
Information Table: Weston Library
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.