Still banning [books] after all these years

One can only ask why.

Banned books, challenged books, ALA, libraries, banned books week 2013

But in 1982, Banned Books Week answered the call of an alarming surge in the number of books challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries. For 40+ years in the last week of September, the national book community’s Banned Book Week brings attention to censorship and celebrates our freedom to read.

The Week’s goal: “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.”

This year’s celebration of Banned Books Week is happening now thru September 28. What’s the difference between a challenged book and a banned book? Find out here, and check out some of the titles and the challenges they face(d). Also, take a look at the Virtual Read-Out Protest on YouTube.

Banned books, challenged books, ALA, libraries, banned books week 2013

Banned books, challenged books, ALA, libraries, banned books week 2013

Banned books, challenged books, ALA, libraries, banned books week 2013

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