Today marks the end of Banned Books Week 2019. This annual celebration calls attention to our freedom to seek information and express ideas through books. The modern, progressive function of Banned Books Week is to champion books that have been challenged for reasons of objectionable content, and to demand that these titles remain on library shelves.
In the Pius X Library, we are honoring Banned Books Week by celebrating our freedom to selectively choose the books that we hold in our collection. The acquisition of materials is guided by a policy, available on our website, developed by a committee of administrators, teachers, parents and library professionals. The policy reflects the mission of Pius X High School, and the mission of our Library: to support every student’s journey to Truth through an environment of reading and learning.
There are inevitable disagreements about what books are appropriate and acceptable for Pius X students. Like all disagreements about what is good and true, there will necessarily be controversy over some of the books that are included in the library. This does not mean that we are censoring or banning books, it simply means that we have an intellectual and moral responsibility to build a collection that is not at variance with our Catholic faith.
The Pius X Library Collection Policy provides a purpose-driven framework for the ongoing growth of the library collection. Central to this growth is our belief that each student is pursuing Truth, and that the library can support this journey by providing access to a diverse collection of books and resources.