UCF library honors Banned Books Week
A time when Harry Potter, Huckleberry Finn, Malcolm X and Moby Dick weren't allowed in libraries — sounds like a nightmare to most bookworms.
However, these are just a few of the literary works that have been black-listed throughout history, according to bannedbooksweek.org.
For more than 30 years, the American Library Association has encouraged libraries from around the country to host events to celebrate the freedom to read.
With most of these books found on its shelves, the UCF John C. Hitt Library will be participating in the annual National Banned Books Week through Saturday, Sept. 27.
"The Curriculum Materials Center, in the College of Education, room 194, has created colorful displays on banned books to make students aware of the important issue of intellectual freedom," Meg Scharf, Associate Director for Communication, Assessment, and Public Relations of University of Central Florida Libraries said.
In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America's libraries, putting those volumes out of reach for students, readers and learners, according to the official Banned Books website.
Perhaps the most recent book to be banned is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. On Wednesday,People magazine reported that Riverside Unified School District in California banned the best-selling book from its middle schools due to sexual content. The novel is still permitted in the district's high schools though.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove restricted access to books, Banned Books Week aims to draw national attention to the harms of censorship.
Participants can show their support by tweeting the hashtag "Twibbon" or donating $10 by texting "ALABBW" to 41518.