This year’s Banned Books Week is September 27th – October 3rd and we are excited to celebrate it! The focus of this year’s celebration is Young Adult books.
Young Adult (YA) titles often end up on the American Library Association’s Top Ten most Challenged Books list (six out of ten were YA titles in 2014). Most challenged books are objected to on the basis of mature content and age inappropriateness. We most definitely agree that not all books are appropriate for all readers, but censorship is not the solution. Decatur Public Library policy states:
The library’s philosophy is that censorship is a purely individual matter, and while anyone is free to reject for oneself any book or other material which he or she may find inappropriate, he or she cannot exercise the right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others. The library does remove material found to provide inaccurate information or is of poor scholarship.
We leave it to our patrons to decide what they do and do not want to read. We also hold that simply reading a book does not indicate that one accepts or agrees with that content; reading a book about Hitler does not mean condoning anti-Semitism. Intellectual freedom matters and Decatur Public Library encourages that freedom.