Director’s Report: September 2013

Director's Report: September 2013Can you imagine being denied access to a book because it was deemed inappropriate or dangerous by someone else? Could you see yourself being arrested for reading banned material? Such unimaginable, freedom-stifling practices are still common across the globe. Even in the United States, books have been banned from schools and public libraries.

Banned Books Week was first observed in 1982 and to this day, serves as a reminder to all Americans not to take the precious democratic freedom of reading for granted. Livingston Parish Library enthusiastically supports each individual’s right to freely choose what to read and to express his or her own unique opinions. Having multiple subject perspectives and viewpoints available to you as a library user is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.

This month at the Livingston Parish Library, we are presenting several events celebrating Banned Books Week. Many of these events highlight books that have been banned or censored. These events are sponsored by a $1,000 grant awarded by the Freedom to Read Foundation via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. Livingston Parish Library is grateful for the opportunity to host these events for our patrons, and we hope you enjoy them.

I invite you to join us as we celebrate our freedom to read. Check out a banned book today!