Here is a quote from ALA about Banned and Challenged Books:
"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."
In regards to intellectual freedom, ALA states, "ALA actively advocates in defense of the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. A publicly supported library provides free and equal access to information for all people of that community. We enjoy this basic right in our democratic society. It is a core value of the library profession."
Our library in Long Beach supports intellectual freedom. Come in today and pick up a copy of Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob Grimm, a Harry Potter book from J.K. Rowling's series, or Blubber by Judy Blume. These books, along with others on display have often been banned or challenged by various organizations and groups. Join us and support banned books week at your local library.