Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 27, 2009

Banned Books Week

Beware of the Book
Ever read “The Catcher in the Rye”? How about “The Color Purple”? “Slaughterhouse-Five”? “The Great Gatsby”? Then you’ve read a banned book! People have tried to ban all these books, and many other classics, at one time or another. How many banned books have you read?

September 26-October 3 is Banned Books Week (BBW), sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and others.

The ALA says: “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.”

Why not exercise your First Amendment rights and read or re-read a banned book? The ALA website lists frequently challenged books by year, author and other criteria.


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