“Battle of the Banned” Spotlights Freedom to Read at Virginia Beach Public Library

Friday, September 05, 2014

What do Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” and “The Giver” by Lois Lowry have in common? They’re all on the American Library Association (ALA)’s top-100 list of books that people and groups have tried to ban. They are also on the reading list for Virginia Beach Public Library’s Battle of the Banned program, Sept. 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.  

Battle of the Banned is an adult team trivia challenge based on the readings of 10 books and graphic novels, all of which are on ALA’s top-100 most challenged list. Adults may compete in teams of two to five in a game-show styled competition. The program is free and open to the public, with prizes for the winners. For more details, visit www.vbgov.com/banned-books.


Battle of the Banned is one way VBPL is celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 to 27. The annual observance highlights the importance of the First Amendment, free and open access to information and the importance of ensuring that books – including those with unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints – are accessible for all who wish to read them. Throughout the month, several VBPL locations, including Central Library, Oceanfront and Princess Anne Area Libraries and the Joint-Use Library, will have displays highlighting challenged books.


About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music and magazines in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.