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Banned books on display in West Sussex libraries

Self-service terminals are being installed at Chichester Library

The shelves of several libraries in West Sussex will be soon be displaying a range of banned and controversial books.

The county is one of 50 local authorities in the UK to participate in a Banned Books fortnight.

The displays will run in Chichester, Crawley and Worthing libraries from September 24 for two weeks.

Librarians have chosen over a 100 controversial titles that have been banned in this country or overseas. The aim is to raise awareness of censorship and freedom of expression.

It is probably predictable to find Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Fanny Hill among the list of banned books. But it might surprise many to discover that the Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty, Lord of the Flies, and the Lord of the Rings have also been banned in the past.

This is the second national Banned Books promotion co-ordinated by London Libraries. Its launch coincides with the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.

There is a website www.banned-books.org.uk giving further information on books that have been banned.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader, Lionel Barnard, who oversees the Library Service, said: “This promotion raises several important questions about censorship and free speech. It shows freedom to read the book of our choice is not something that we can just take for granted.

“I would urge anyone interested in censorship and free speech to take a look at the library displays.”

One Comment

  1. Posted 17 Sep, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Amazing that Lord of the Flies was banned once. I had to read it as a set book at school. Excellent book and I am afraid the point sit makes are forever valid.