Freedom To Read Essay

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When a library first gets a book, the media specialist reads it, and a few others do as well. The media specialist then decides if the book should be put on the shelf or not. The review committee look for different things like does the book contain curse words or is it sexually explicit or is it appropriate for a certain age group. If any of these things were met then they have a choice of putting out the book for the public to use. A review committee makes a valid decision to shelve the book, yet there are people, parents, government leaders, and church leaders who think that the book is unsuited for anybody to read (Whelan). Book banning was started around 450 B.C. (Whelan). Since then, people have been challenging books and have been able to ban them from American citizens who deserve the chance to read and to be exposed to others’ original and creative works. Because banning and challenging books violates American citizens’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech, school personnel, parents, and government leaders should respect the integrity of original works of literature and stay away from banning books.
Censorship can be made impossible and unsparingly done, but when it takes place, it is harmful (Kelly). Books usually are challenged to protect others, usually children, from certain ideas and information. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. “Do we remove Macbeth because of murders and witches? I think most would say there is a point where we must stop” (Kelly). Melissa Kelly claims people ban books because these books are “offensive.” Kelly also states that a mother wanted to ban a book because there was a death of a turtle. The mother said, “Reptiles have feelings too. They can feel fear” (Kelly). Parents exclaim that a certain book contains inappropriate material, but the reasons they make up are insipid. Because of the threat to citizens’ right to free speech, people have created projects to help stop book banning. A week in September was created to celebrate banned book week. In this week people celebrate all of the greatest books that were banned (Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read). Citizens value their First Amendment right and celebrate the knowledge that comes from this guaranteed right to read what they choose.
Original works that challenge and encourage readers to think about others and the world around them. Reading only helps increase readers’ ability to become better people and students. Censorship takes away individuals’ rights and freedom to make their own choices. American citizens are witnessing challenges that have ideas that are dangerous. Children and society want to be protected from these thoughts, or they will be corrupted by them: “Information is good rather than encouraging immorality, the free flow of information has made us better people” (Banned and Challenged Books). People think that if books are banned, the world will...

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