Thursday, September 29, 2011

Banned Books Week

Happy Banned Books Week! The American Library Association describes this week this way: "Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books 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."

Did you know that some of your favorite young adult books have been banned or challenged in schools and libraries all over the country? Titles like Twilight, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, Speak, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ttyl, and To Kill a Mockingbird. This is just a small sampling of the books that have been challenged in the past couple of years (incidentally, all of these books are available at your local CMRLS library).

Be subversive this week. Read a banned book and make a statement about reader freedom. Think for yourself, and let others do the same.