Monday, September 26, 2011

BANNED BOOKS WEEK - September 24 - October 1, 2011


From ALA:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Book 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 informationand express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular--provides the foundation for Banned Book Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to rad 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 Book 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.

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