Hundreds of books are removed or challenged in schools and libraries every year in the United States, from Catcher in the Rye and 1984 to Junie B. Jones and Harry Potter, with an estimated 70-80 % never being reported.
Celebrate your freedom to read and join the Safford Library in honoring the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week September 28th – October 1st. The library will have a display of frequently challenged and banned books (listing the reasons for each individual book’s adversity) available all week to read about and at the end of the week will be available again to check out and read yourself!
On October 1st at 6 PM the library will also be hosting a free movie screening and book discussion of The Book Thief, 2013’s hit film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel of human courage and love of books set in Nazi Germany – starring Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush. Free coffee and water will be served.