Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Banned Book Week 2012

Banned Book Week 2012 is coming up next month from September 30th through October 6th. Celebrate the freedom to read!! I hope you choose to read a banned or challenged book this year during banned book week.

Checkout the following Wikipedia link regarding the List of most commonly challenged books in the United States

Also, visit the American Library Association (ALA) website for more information about Banned Book Week. The ALA website states the following:
The ALA promotes the 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.
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. This event is observed during the last week of September of each year. 
Ban ignorance, not books!

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