“Who is it for me to say what you should read or what anyone should read or view?” said Wolff, the library’s administrator. “It is not to say you should not read something because it might be controversial. It’s not the role of a library. I’m not a radical, but it’s my profession and it’s something I take seriously.”
Banned Books Week starts Saturday. Don’t forget how important libraries and librarians are in preserving our freedom to read. For the majority of librarians preserving the freedom to read is just part of what they do, no big deal. If, during Banned Books Week you told your favorite librarian thanks for being a freedom fighter, s/he may stammer and blush but inside, your gratitude will be appreciated and remembered should that librarian ever be confronted by someone who wants to ban a book.