Most Forbidden Books Of 2020 Available At The Imperial Public Library | New
IMPERIAL – Warning tape and giant skull decorations teamed up near the Imperial Public Library during Forbidden Books Week as the library showcased the top 10 ‘contested’ books of 2020 as part of their preparation for the next few. Dia De Los Muertos market days ahead in Imperial.
Forbidden Book Week, which ran from September 26 to October 2, is an annual event where the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association (ALA) partners with the Coalition for Book Week prohibited, which “celebrates the freedom to read”, according to bannibooksweek.org.
Launched in 1982, Forbidden Book Week is typically held during the last week of September and “highlights the value of free and open access to information,” according to the site.
“The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges for library, school, and university documents and services in 2020,” with 273 books targeted, according to a Facebook post from the City of Community Service Programs. Imperial Oil on your public library page.
“Forbidden” books – including the top 10 that have been featured in the Imperial Oil library – are books that have been challenged by parents of schoolchildren or organizations who are either concerned, offended, or “not. not want to expose their children “to” difficult ideas or information, “said Ember Haller, director of community services and director of the Imperial City Library.
“Most are usually challenged by the best of intentions… but it’s usually in schools and parents trying to protect others, often their children,” Haller said, “but (as children it is the best time to communicate with children so that they have a broader understanding and hopefully make changes in the world they live in.
Haller said the American Library Association has its own Bill of Rights which “states that libraries should maintain that parents, and only parents, have the right and responsibility to restrict access to their children, and only to their children ”.
“We think it’s really important to highlight which books are the hardest books for Banned Book Week just so we can provide that resource to the public so they can make their own decision,” Haller said. .
She said the government – which libraries are under – cannot ban the expression of an idea just because society finds the idea offensive or distasteful, “so we have all the books available, (including ) the 10 most contested books on display.
Haller said most of the 10 most contested books since 2018 address hot topics such as racism or LGBTQIA + identity, but also include classic books such as Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird due to of some of the original formulations. now dated vocabulary concerning race.
The number one most contested book for 2020 – George by Alex Gino – is the story of “George”, a 10 year old biological boy who identifies as a transgender girl “who struggles to be accepted by her friends and family while standing up to school bullies” , while the child aspires to play Charlotte in their fourth-grade production of Charlotte’s Web in the book, according to a New York Times article. George has been challenged, banned and restricted “for LGBTQIA + content, in conflict with a religious point of view and not reflecting” the values of our community “”, according to bannibooksweek.org. George is intended for readers aged 8 to 12.
George also split some Oregon school districts when it was selected as one of 16 selected books for the 2018-19 Oregon Book Battle for Grades 3 through 5. According to the NY Times, two school districts withdrew their elementary students from the competition for the following school year. In addition to 2020, George also appeared on ALA’s 10 Most Contested Books list in 2016 and 2017, according to the article.
The number two most banned book in 2020 was Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, formerly known as Ibram Rogers.
The book – which co-author Reynolds repeatedly states in various interviews “is not a history book” – is also described as taking the reader “on a racing journey from then to today, you shows why we feel what we feel and why the poison of racism persists (in the US). It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and disseminate, they can also be discredited, “according to goodreads.com.
Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you was a follow-up to Kendi’s solo author’s book in 2016 Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for “the history of the creation, spread and entrenchment of racist ideas in American society,” according to a Amazon.com description of the book.
“As Kendi illustrates, racist thinking was not born out of ignorance or hatred,” according to Goodreads. “Racist ideas were created and popularized for the purpose of defending deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and rationalizing the nation’s racial inequalities in everything from wealth to health,” read the descriptions.
Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you has been banned and challenged “because of the author’s public statements and because of claims that the book contains” incidents of selective storytelling “and does not encompass racism against everyone,” according to bannibooksweek.org.
Rounding out the top 10 most contested books for 2020 is The hate you give by Angie Thomas, who was “challenged for profanity, and because she was supposed to promote an anti-police message,” according to the site. He also joins two other books as banned and contested for having “anti-police views”.
Despite the hot topics, Haller said “it is important to support the freedom to seek and express ideas” because access to “these books offers the reader the opportunity to discover different perspectives for different backgrounds” .
“I think it’s important to include diversity, the diversity of characters, with books and libraries playing an important role in accessing these resources,” she said, “so if libraries can provide books that reflect each other’s experiences so that readers can relate to these stories, or maybe recognize their neighbors, they can have more understanding or empathy.
Haller said she invites the community to “come into the library and look at these books, read them, find out why they are challenged and what they think about them.”
“Books can connect us and reveal that we’re not that different,” Haller said, “and that the things that are different we should celebrate.”
“When we open up to other points of view, it opens up our ability to understand and become a more compassionate community,” she said.