Although it doesn't get the kind of attention bestowed on unofficial holidays such as Talk Like a Pirate Day, Banned Books Week has been around for more than two decades.
According to bannedbooksweek.org, it arose in 1982 in response to an increase in texts being banned in schools, bookstores and libraries. This year's Banned Books Week kicked off Sept. 30 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 6.
Today, you can learn about the importance of freedom of ideas in conjunction with Banned Books Week with a lecture by Dr. David Adler at the main branch of the Boise Public Library on Capitol Boulevard. The Andrus Center for Public Policy director will present Maintaining Democracy: The Importance of Free Speech and Diverse Ideas from 7-9 p.m.
The presentation will utilize the famed Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 to explore free speech, tolerance, the role of censorship and how it relates to government. The lecture is FREE and will be held in the science fiction area on the library's first floor.