October First Friday: Banned Books Week Edition

Friday, October 6, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on First Friday, October 6, 2023, for our Banned Books Week edition. We will offer Banned Books Bingo (at 6pm and 7pm [prizes!]), good information and restorative festive fall beverages and snacks.  Banned and challenged books in the United States as well as in other countries will be on display and sold at a discount.

Libraries, schools, bookstores, museums and other locales around the world celebrate the right to read during Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to access ideas, a fundamental right that belongs to everyone and over which no one person or small group of people should hold sway. Banned Books Week is a celebration of books, comics, plays, art, journalism and much more.

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has released preliminary data documenting a continued uptick in attempts to censor books, materials, and services across public, school, and academic libraries in the United States during the first eight months of 2023. Between January 1 and August 31, 2023, OIF reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles--a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges since ALA began compiling the data more than 20 years ago. The vast majority of challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

Event address: 
Yardstick Books
317 Steele Street
Algoma, WI 54201