Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of books, including those with unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints, to all who wish to read them. Among the most active in this celebration are libraries which participate in the battle for intellectual freedom year round. Yet libraries are faced with specific difficulties in this battle: both the community challenges to books and the problematic budget restraints.
As a small press which believes in and operates under the pursuit of intellectual freedom, Ephemera Bound Publishing (ephemera-bound.com) celebrated Banned Books Week with a donation of books to libraries.
Publisher Derek Dahlsad says, "Most libraries, whether public or operated by a private organization, no matter how well funded, face tight decisions over how to improve their collection within their budget. We hope our contributions can assist them."
The small press dontated 40 books and plans to continue the donations next year. "It's something we are personally committed to doing on an on-going basis. As publishers, we recognize the power and value a library holds in any community," says Deanna Dahlsad, publisher. "Libraries were key in both our lives as avid readers. Without libraries, I never would have been able to afford my need to read -- libraries make satiation possible for so many. As a small press, it's what we can do to show our support," she added.
The books have been donated with the hope that they will be placed on the shelves of the libraries they were sent to, but also with the understanding that if the work doesn't fit the library's collection or policies, the library may give the book to their 'friends of the library' association booksale or otherwise use it to raise additional funds for the library's collections.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.
For more information regarding Ephemera Bound and the book donations, contact Deanna Dahlsad.