Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read.
As an avid reader and a big fan of the First Amendment, I get very excited about this event!
It has been observed since 1982, and is held the last week of September, as a reminder to appreciate our First Amendment rights. It also draws attention to the threat that exists when restrictions are placed on our access to information in a free country.
Just recently, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was banned in a small town about an hour's drive from where I live.
This is also a time to be grateful for librarians, teachers, students, and others who fight to keep books on library shelves. Otherwise, many more books would be restricted or banned, and likely go unnoticed by most of us.
Some of our all-time favorites stay on the banned book list year after year. Just a few of them are:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Color Purple
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Of Mice and Men
(Photo taken at Brentwood Branch Library, Springfield, MO).
This year (2010) this event will be held September 25 through October 2. The slogan for this year is "Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same".
A great slogan, don't you think?
I invite you to celebrate by reading at least one banned or challenged book. Visit your library and/or your favorite book store.
Let's not take our freedom to read for granted.
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