Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Public libraries provide an arena for diverse and sometimes controversial viewpoints. If you want to become knowledgeable about current events so that you can vote as an informed citizen, the public library is a place to do it. If you want to cultivate your learning, your compassion, your creativity or your joy there are books, cds and dvds that you can check out.

Banned Books Week is being observed September 27 – October 4, 2008. The American Library Association reminds us that Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”

Celebrate your right to read! Read a banned or challenged book. Here’s a list of frequently challenged books.

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One Response to Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

  1. Dan Kleinman says:

    “It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don’t talk about much — the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it’s totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all.”

    http://www.librarian.net/stax/1858

    Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He calls it “National Hogwash Week.”

    http://web.mac.com/safelibraries/BBW/National_Hogwash_Week.html

    To me, it is shameful to see a publicly funded entity promote such one-sided material, particularly where the one side is so blatantly false. No books have been banned in the USA for many decades and the Internet now makes it nearly impossible.

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