SICS Radio: Banned Books and the Role of Libraries

This episode of SICS Radio celebrates Social Science Week as well as another important cause highlighted globally each September, Banned Books Week. Banned Books week celebrates the freedom to read, particularly in schools and libraries where certain titles and topics may be challenged or censored from curious youth trying to read them. This year’s theme, Censorship Divides Us, Books Unite Us, drives this radio program featuring Australian youth author and publisher Mark MacLeod, American academics Danielle Hartsfield and Sue Kimmel, who specifically research censorship in libraries, and youth literature expert and library educator Bernadette Walsh. Together they explain different forms of book censorship, the societal impact of restricting access to some titles, and the responsibilities of librarians.

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