It's Banned Books Week!



The Freedom to Read


The freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms.


Some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society.


Conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference.


Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom. 


Intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. 


Therefore, let it be known that Rediscovered Books encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.