Celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Marketing and Communications | September 07, 2011

The Texas A&M University Libraries will join libraries nationwide in observing Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2011. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and promoted since 1982, the annual event celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Libraries use the event to highlight the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship.

“People are often surprised by what’s on the banned books list,” explained Robin Bedenbaugh, Marketing and Communication coordinator for the University Libraries. “We’ll be using Facebook to engage our library users in learning more about these books, some of which are classics, such as ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”

The University Libraries can boast its own in-house expert on censorship. Jeanne Harrell, Monograph and Automated Acquisitions coordinator, co-authored “People for and Against Restricted or Unrestricted Expression,” with John B. Harer, a former Texas A&M librarian.