Sept. 22 – 29th is National Banned Books Week

The American Library Association’s annual “National Banned Books Week” promotes “freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.”

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Their “National Banned Books Week” seeks to liberate books from intellectual bondage – that is, libraries, schools and media trying to ban them from being read (how terrible a fate!).

I think this is amazing. We live in America, don’t we (for those of you who don’t… sorry)?! We have freedom of speech and freedom of the press and freedom of expression – why are we being told what books we can and cannot read?

I can understand keeping some books out of curriculum (I mean, do our teenagers really need to be reading Fifty Shades of Gray out loud and in class?), but to restrict these books from even entering a school campus – or being available at the library for that matter – seems to be more like a “witch hunt” than promoting safe literacy.

The ALA is asking people to rally behind the freedom to read by promoting National Banned Books Week events in their communities, and spreading the word about unnecessary literary restriction.

Find out more at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

If you’re interested in knowing what books are too scandalous for reading, here’s the 2013 list of banned or challenged books.

http://www.ila.org/BannedBooks/BBW_2012-2013_Shortlist.pdf

Guess what folks?! We’re super rebellious because Ender’s Game is on it!

Viva la (book) revolution!!

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3 responses to “Sept. 22 – 29th is National Banned Books Week

  1. Kathleen

    It’s funny how banning a book makes it instantly more interesting. Who are these censors anyway?

    • I think it’s people at different libraries and schools who are banning books from their own institutions – and of course the media doing little hunts (like encouraging people that Harry Potter books are anti-Christian and trying to turn people into Wiccans…. )

  2. Kathleen

    I loved the book “Bless me Ultima” . It as a banned book. It’s hard to find but worth it.

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