Banned Book Week: By the Numbers

It’s Banned Book Week, and Helmke Library is still celebrating our freedom to read all kinds of books – even those that have been challenged or banned.

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What’s the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?

According to the American Library Association:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Helmke Library provides access to books and information regardless of an item’s status as “challenged” or “banned.” Of course, our librarians are always happy to discuss how to evaluate books and to recommend the best sources for your needs. However, we will staunchly support your intellectual freedom and your right to read without censorship.

Join us this week on the library’s first floor to have your own “Blind Date with a Banned Book.”

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Go on a Blind Date with a Banned Book!

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Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Libraries nationwide are celebrating our freedom to read during this year’s Banned Books Week, September 24-30. The American Library Association explains Banned Books Week this way:

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Helmke Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by offering IPFW community members a Blind Date with a Banned Book.  At a table inside the library’s first floor entrance, choose from a selection of books labeled not by title or author, but with the reason the book was challenged or banned. Check out the book to discover what inspired each attempt at censorship.

Mostly light reading fiction, these books are a great way to relax while at the same time affirming the exchange of ideas that make democracy and our society prosper.  Some examples of challenged books included in our Blind Date selections are Harry Potter, The Kite Runner, Brave New World, and James and the Giant Peach – and many others you will know and likely love.  Stop by the library and check one out!

Helmke Library’s Grand Re-Opening

Welcome back to the new Library!

The library’s renovation wrapped up on schedule, a year after it started in December 2016. It looks great! Students and groups are streaming back in the building and have found great study, meeting and hang-out spaces on all 4 floors.

January 2017 was jam-packed with library events: the soft opening of the building on January 9 at the start of Spring semester, faculty and staff Preview Tours, the January 17 Library Grand Re-Opening party and ribbon-cutting with lots of great give-aways for students, and guided building tours through January.

The IPSGA Media Board group was on hand to capture the ceremony in this great video, and the ceremony was also streamed live on Facebook!

We’re happy to arrange tours for groups, classes or individuals. Contact your liaison librarian or call us at 260-481-6512 to schedule yours.