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photograph of several piles of books with two chains across them. in the foreground there is a small illustration of a girl reading a book with her fist raised in the air.
Christa Deitrick, September 22, 2017

Human nature is a funny thing. If you tell someone they can't do something, they want to do it more. This is especially true when it comes to banned books.


Semana de los Libros Prohibidos
Lupita Leyva, September 28, 2016

Esta semana en bibliotecas y librerías a través del país celebramos los libros prohibidos. ¿Por qué celebramos libros prohibidos?


Illustration shows a person reading a book with their fist up
Elizabeth Graney, September 25, 2016

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment.


Stand Up for Your Right to Read
Mary McCoy, September 28, 2015

Ask writers how they feel about challenges to books and the freedom to read, and you will discover that this is something they think about a lot, and in most cases, it’s something they have terrifically strong feelings about.


"It's powerful to see yourself in a book when you're struggling"  —Courtney Summers
Mary McCoy, September 25, 2015

On July 28, Canadian author Courtney Summers’s inbox filled up with messages. Some were from people she knew, some from strangers, but many came from readers over a thousand miles away in Charleston, South Carolina.


Central Library's Hope Street facade: sculpture of Nicholaus Copernicus
Bob Timmermann, September 25, 2015

If you enter the Central Library on Hope Street, there are six sculptures that appear on the facade of the building.


Tessa Kelso, city librarian 1889
James Sherman, September 26, 2014

Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.


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