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Zimmerman Library

Banned Books

Exercise your Right to Read

Severn librarians, along with librarians all over the United States, feel responsible to make banned and challenged books available to interested readers. Our collection of banned books available in Zimmerman Library shows the range of books attacked by censors. Some of the titles are classics, loved by many.  
Why are books on this list? They have all been attacked by censors trying to keep people from reading them. Sometimes a book is merely challenged. Censors have protested content, language, political views, or inappropriateness, but their challenge has not been successful. If the challenge is successful, the book is banned. It is removed from school reading lists and library shelves in that specific school or library. 

Censorship is outlawed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which protects free speech and expression. Yet some people feel they have the right to decide what others can read, view, or hear.
CENSORSHIP is “the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons—individuals, groups or government officials—find objectionable or dangerous.” (American Library Association)

Whenever any person or group attempts to dictate what others may read, hear, or watch, censorship is the goal.

A CHALLENGE is the attempt to ban a book, movie, or song lyrics, so no one can read, hear, or see it. If the challenge is successful, the material will not be available for people to experience. The material is then censored – removed from schools, libraries, book stores, radio and television.
Source: American Library Association. Office of Intellectual Freedom. Freedom to Read Statement.  June 30, 2004

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