This week (September 18-24) is Banned Books Week, which despite its sensational name (coined in the 1980s), is a time to recognize and celebrate our freedom to read.
Find: Lists of frequently challenged books and at the library, a display of frequently challenged books
Read: Field Report 2021: Banned and Challenged Books (available at the library)
We strongly support your right to decide what is okay for you or for your children to read, but we don’t make that decision for you by censoring what’s included our library’s collections. We strive to have our collection reflect the diversity of experience, opinion, and interests of our community, country and the world–as much as our budget allows. And interlibrary loan allows us to borrow books for you from hundreds of New Hampshire and U.S. libraries; think about how that expands your reading options.
The following are library policies established by the Trustees related to this issue. Feel free to stop in to discuss them with us.
- Collection Development and Maintenance
- Displays, Exhibits, and Bulletin Board
- Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials, Displays, or Programs
- Confidentiality of Library Records
- Library Bill of Rights
- Freedom to Read Statement
Note: this post was adapted from one first published on this website in 2017.