This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 30th and October 6th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.
King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. Since this month is also Hispanic Heritage Month, this year's display focuses on the 2010 Arizona House Bill 2281, which states that a school in Arizona cannot include in its classes any material that promotes the overthrow of the United States Government, promotes resentment towards a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, or advocates ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals. The Tucson Unified School District was found to be in violation of this law for offering courses in Mexican-American Studies. As a result, books and other materials were removed from the K-12 curriculum in Arizona. You can read about the list of materials that have been removed in this article.
We are featuring some of these titles in our display on the first floor of King and on our Pinterest board.
Here are a couple of the titles that we are featuring:
The Tempest by William Shakespeare. King Library (2nd floor) | PR2833.A2 B35 2008
Woman Hollering Creek, and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros. King Library (2nd floor)
The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.S75 L355 2011
Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.Y78 Tw 1997
United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Textbooks | JK274 .R44 2003 SE
Healing Earthquakes: A Love Story in Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.A254 H43 2001
Civil Disobedience: A Solitude and Life without Principle by Henry David Thoreau. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3042 1998
Check the list out for yourself and decide if you think these books should have been removed.