To Read Or Not to Read; Banned Books Week in Salem
Some people might compare a book ban to a witch hunt. That said it comes as no surprise Salem’s Wicked Good Books is participating in educating residents and visitors during Banned Books Week, taking place now through Sept. 27th.
Taylor Carozzi, Wicked Good Books manager comments “We are supporting this effort because it is important to society to guard and celebrate our freedom to read and have open access to information.”
Displays and materials about banned books will be available.
According to the American Library Association (ALA) “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.”
The ALA puts forth that sometimes “books are challenged with the best of intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.” Other times it is censorship.
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the actual removal of those materials.
You are invited to visit Wicked Good Books located at 215 Essex St. to see if you agree or disagree with the books listed.