Thursday, September 9, 2010

Banned Book Week - Read at Your Own Risk

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Book Week September 25 - October 2, 2010. Banned Books Week's goal is "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 was said by the First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug in 1982 when she began the first Banned Book Week.

Banned Book Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), American Society of Journalists and Authors, Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

I was familiar with some of the books on the list but some I have to say amazed me. For example, Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The God of Small Things, Fahrenheit 451, American Heritage Dictionary and 1984. Children's books did not escape the list, Harry Potter books, James and the Giant Peach, The Golden Compass, Forever by Judy Blume, Bridge to Terabithia, and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to name a few.

Come to the library during Banned Book Week and check out our display.