Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled. It is the mission and responsibility of libraries to present multifarious viewpoints, and that is why the American Library Association joins other organizations to support Banned Books Week. During Banned Books Week we celebrate freedom of speech and freedom to read. This year was a time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Bradbury by a virtual read-a-thon of Fahrenheit 451. Among those who participated were: John Szabo, City Librarian; Joyce Cooper, Interim Director, Branch Library Services; Ani Boyadjian, Research & Special Collections Manager; and Heawon Pak, Senior Librarian, Access Services.
Loud and Clear: Writers Who Found Ways to Express Themselves
The following watchdog organizations provide continuous information about writers and others who are being censored, tortured, jailed or exiled. You can stay informed by subscribing to their emails.