Constitution, Banned Books and First Amendment Rights

The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldPreamble to the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Each September/October we celebrate Constitution Day and Banned Books Week, reflecting on the many freedoms guaranteed us by the constitution. Libraries are strong advocates of the principle of the freedom to read, supporting the concept that a vital democratic society depends on unfettered access to ideas.

Which Banned Book are You? Take the quiz, developed by the librarians at Columbus State Community College, to find our what banned or challenged book best fits your personality!

Banned or challenged books

ACLU Banned Books Week
Books that have been challenged in Oregon from 1979-2014.
Banned Books
Includes a list of banned books that are available at the PCC Library
Banned Books Week
The American Library Association says that books featured during this week have all had attempts for banning or some kind of restriction.
Frequently Challenged Books
Includes a visual chart displaying the number of challenges by the reason for challenge.
Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century
Compiled by the American Library Association, this site includes the top ten challenged books by year from 2001-2011.
Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse 2014 Annual Report [pdf]
Challenges to library materials from all types of Oregon libraries from July 2013-June 2014.
American Library Association: Top 100 Banned/Challenged books
Titles that have been challenged between 2000-2009

Constitution day

America’s Historical Documents
Includes the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and more.
Avalon Project: The American Constitution
From the Yale Law School, this project provides a documentary record of the American Constitution from the Magna Carta (1215) to the 21st Century.
Constitution Day – Debate it, Discuss it, Understand it
From the American Bar Association, this website has interactive features and conversation starters.
Government Printing Office
The Constitution of the United States is available in text and PDF formats.
The Library of Congress: United States Constitution
This site features debates, compromises and other events that occurred in the process of getting the Constitution approved.
National Constitution Center: Centuries of Citizenship
Includes a rich-media interactive version of the constitutional time line.
National Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution
Search the constitution by keywords, phrases, topics or court cases.
United States Senate: Constitution
Explore various articles, charters, federalist papers, amendments, the works of the Continental Congress, and the convention that finally authored the Constitution of the United States.

Suggested catalog searches:

banned books
bill of rights
freedom of assembly
freedom of religion
freedom of speech
freedom of the press
freedom to petition for redress of grievances (supreme court)
united states constitution

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