Eckhart Public Library believes that Freedom to Read is incredibly important, and that’s why we celebrate Banned Books Week each year.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center; and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
While books usually are challenged with the best intentions — to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information — we believe that it’s important to allow its patrons the freedom to read, view, and access whatever items they wish to access. Only parents and guardians are able to limit what their minor children access, because parents and guardians, not other adults in the community, are best equipped to help children make the best choices of what they read, view, hear, or receive at our library.
It’s an important component of our mission to serve the community by providing an environment and resources that foster lifelong learning and literacy. The library strives to provide materials for the entire community it serves, and reflect the community’s diversity by offering a wide range of materials that reflect the community.
We believe that protecting freedom to read is essential to continuing democracy in the United States. When people come into the library, they are trusted to make their decisions on what they view and believe, rather than sacrificing their First Amendment freedoms in order to be “protected” from unpopular or personally offensive views. We believe that society is strong enough to allow a wide variety of materials in the library collection, and that there is demand from the community for a variety of offerings.