Banned Book Week is Here!

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Yesterday marked the start of this year’s Banned Book week.

What is banned book week? From the website http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/:

“Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. “

I work at an academic library and in honor of this week, each campus has created displays which feature books which have been challenged or banned throughout the years.

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I’ve also decided to attempt and try to read some books from a list of classic books which have been challenged or banned. I just finished reading The Call of The Wild by Jack London.

This week there will be more posts about Banned Book Week so stayed tuned!

 

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