Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | September 16, 2008

Banned Books Week

Ideas matter.  The right to express ideas and read ideas is the foundation of our liberties.  Recently my husband and I finished watching the HBO series “John Adams.”  It brought back to mind for both of us how rich our nation’s history is and how important it is to safeguard our rights.  Especially the rights of speech for everyone.

September 27 – October 4 is Banned Books Week, a campaign sponsored by the American Library Association since 1982.

What does it mean?  Banned books.  In schools and libraries across the country people have requested that a book be removed off the shelves of a library, or from a school’s curriculum.  It could be because of the language of the book, or the theme, or even the pictures.  I believe Judy Blume, a great children’s and adult author, expressed her opinions about censorship and the freedom to read and write perfectly.

She said:  “[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

Check out the link to her website about censorship if you get a chance and take a moment to remember some books you’ve read and enjoyed that may be on the top 100 banned booked list.  “Of Mice and Men”, “Native Son”, “Blubber”, “Julie of the Wolves”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “A Light in the Attic”, and “Harry Potter” to name just a few.

Banned books week is a perfect opportunity to pick up a banned bookand enjoy the freedom to read it.

Nancy

Nancy

 

 

 

Some of the over books that have been challenged, “Of Mice and Men”, “Native Son”, “Harry Potter”

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