Banned Books Week 2013

Banned Books Week 2013 is being celebrated September 22nd through the 28th. Have you chosen a banned book to read?

Maybe more than one?  Even better! 

I'm reading Are You there, God? It's Me, MargaretThis one is often challenged on grounds of being "profane, immoral, and offensive". 

What I've found so far is a young girl struggling with issues we all face at that age.

Will the book you choose - or have already chosen - to read this week be one you've never read or an old favorite? 

Some of the ones I've always loved are:

To Kill A Mockingbird

Huckleberry Finn

The Color Purple

 The Grapes of Wrath and Dan Brown's  The Da Vinci Code are also among my favorites, both of which made the banned books list again this year.

Fifty Shades of Grey, which I have not read (yet), has also been added.  I started to read it once, but didn't finish it.  Maybe I will someday, maybe not.  The point is that I have the choice. 

That's what this week is all about.  Celebrating the fact that we can choose what we read.

There is no reason for anyone to try to ban books they don't like.  They don't have to read them!  And they have no right to keep the rest of us from doing so, simply because they disapprove.

So, I invite you to celebrate this wonderful freedom - your right to read whatever you choose.

You may find that your local library is holding some special events during this time.

Happy reading!

(Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.)

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