ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Public Library invites readers of all ages to celebrate Banned Books Week from Sept. 23 to 29 by visiting the library and reading books that have been challenged or banned throughout the United States.
A display for adults on the second floor will highlight banned or challenged books from past years, and teenagers can snap a selfie with a banned book in the teen space and then hang a printout or tag "@elmteen" on Instagram, according to an Elmhurst Public Library news release. The new middle school hangout space also will highlight some of the many books for young readers that stirred up controversy, the release stated.
Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, which was a time of increased challenges, organized protests and the Island Trees School District v. Pico Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content, according to the release.
Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group, whereas banning is the removal of those materials, the release stated.
Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available, which is a result of the efforts of librarians, teachers, students and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read, according to the release.