Banned books week

It's Banned Books Week, friends! What does this mean?  Here's an explanation from the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25−October 2, 2010

(reposted from the website)
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

JB Lynn has a wonderful post over at Killer Chicks today, so come on over and tell us what banned book you loved.  Because talking about censorship is a good thing.  A really good thing. 

May every challenged/banned book earn a hundred gazillion dollars.

7 comments:

  1. Great minds think alike! I just posted on the same subject though not as eloquently as you did. I went with an 80s theme because several of my favorite childhood books are on the Banned Book List.

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  2. Oops, I forgot to put it in quotes -- that was the ALA's description, not mine.

    Kudos for posting! Definitely a subject worthy of lots and lots of discussion!

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  3. I'm a HUGE fan of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    I'm thinking the Harry Potter Books don't need ANOTHER hundred gazillion dollars...

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  4. I've heard that THE GIVER has been banned in various schools, but we read it every spring in 8th grade English. Guess we're rebels -- albeit the private school variety.

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  5. JB: Good point, but I'd rather see Rowling get richer than see her books banned.

    Milo: Go rebels! :)

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  6. I love all these posts about Banned Books Week. I'm putting up my post on Thursday. I'll head over to Killer Chicks now.

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  7. Thanks for promoting this cause. I will do the same on my own site.

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