Freedom of Expression

August 9th 2016

Posted by: Heidi

Ever wondered what a banned book is? In the United States approximately 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. This means that someone found certain content offensive and no longer wanted the public to read. Although, in many cases, these books can provide an education to children, young adults and older adults.

The first Amendment states:
“Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free... Read Post

June 26th 2015

It's been a big week at the Supreme Court: the Affordable Care Act upheld, gay  marriage bans struck down, and a blow struck against housing discrimination. The Supreme Court's rulings have had a profound impact on American society: their decision in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) ultimately ended legal school segregation; New York v. Sullivan (1964) established certain protections for the press. The profundity of the Court's influence is ironic given that when it... Read Post

February 24th 2015
Join us at the Central Library on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Nan Levinson, author of War Is Not a Game: the New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built. On July 23, 2004, five marines, two soldiers, and one airman became the most unlikely of antiwar activists. Young and gung-ho when they first signed up to defend their country, they were sent to fight a war that left them confused, enraged, and haunted. Once they returned home, they became determined to put their... Read Post
August 4th 2014
by Eileen and Sujei If you’re like me, you have a ton of things on your mind/plate. And although I knew July was International Zine Month, I couldn’t quite pull the trigger on this blog post till now. But, all this information is still valid – and it's always a good time to enjoy and make zines. But wait – I should slow down, back up – and address a question you may have: What is a zine anyway? A zine made by women over 40. Found at the Papercut Zine Library.

For those of you not... Read Post
August 15th 2011
Last week the school board of Albemarle County, Virginia voted to remove A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel, from sixth-grade reading lists. The book had been added to the reading list to introduce sixth-graders to the mystery genre. However, a local parent object to the book, not because of the two murders that take place, but because the novel portrays Mormons in a negative light. For those of you who don't know the book, John Farier, a non-Mormon man who lives in Salt Lake... Read Post
January 18th 2010
I give you the "I Have A Dream Speech." Any American who has not heard it in its entirety owes it to him or herself to listen.
September 30th 2008
September 27-October 4 2008 is Banned Books Week, held every year to remind Americans of  their right to freedom of expression by calling attention to books that people have tried to deny others the right to read. You find can a list of the most frequently targeted books of 2007 here. If you want to test your knowledge of censorship history, you can take this fun Banned Books quiz from the Guardian. And here's an interesting discussion of book banning on the Wall Street Journal's law blog.... Read Post