Banned Books Week at Alexandria Library
Sweeping across the nation, libraries will celebrate the freedom to read and heighten awareness about censored books for Banned Books Week, which takes place September 22 through 28. Books are challenged by members of the public for a variety of reasons, in an attempt to limit them from library shelves. However, in keeping in line with the country's First Amendment freedoms, the American Library Association encourages the free access of information, and works on behalf of libraries to curb restrictions. Find out more about why books are banned or challenged, and check out ALA's yearly list of these books.
In celebrating the freedom to read, staff from the Beatley Central Library will be reading aloud from their favorite banned books in the library foyer on September 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. On September 27, the central library will be screening the film version of a banned book. For information about the film, call 703-746-1751.