Halley: Banned Book Week a sad reminder that censorship exists – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

This past week, while going about my business on the second floor of the library, my attention was abruptly redirected from my to-do list to the new display next to the service desk, titled Banned Books Week: Censorship is a Dead End.

Ericca Long, our newest staff member, was working on the display. Each book was creatively hidden under a flyer that must be lifted to view the title. The first book I peeked at was one of my favorites, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker – a required read on many high school lists, but due to its “controversial” content regularly threatened by bans and challenges in schools across the country since 1984. Many other books have faced similar censorship threats over the years, including such classics as “Catcher in the Rye,” “Lord of the Flies,” “Catch-22” and George Orwell’s “1984.”

Banned Books Week (Sept. 27 to Oct. 3)

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