Library Happenings: Banned Books Week 2015!

September 27 through October 3, 2015. For more information, call the library at 978-249-9515.


    ATAC, the teen advisory group at the Athol Public Library, recently met to create a display for the library about Banned Books Week.  This is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books.  Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.  More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.  Many more go unreported.

     The display is in the teen area and features books which have been challenged in the past.  These books have been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.  In most cases the books have remained available thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members.

     The 2015 celebration is September 27 to October 3.  For more information, call the library at 978-249-9515.