Friday, September 26, 2008

Celebrate Banned Books Week (September 27th - October 4th 2008)

Banned Books Logo Banned Books ImagePlease join us in the annual celebration of “Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read.” Each year, during the last week in September, we celebrate the freedom to make choices among which books to read, to express opinions and to make choices between a wide variety of viewpoints and varying sides of issues. This year, we will celebrate Banned Books Week during September 27 through October 4, 2008.

This year is special cause for celebration since it marks the 27th anniversary of “Banned Books Week.” Read a book from the list of most frequently challenged books of 2007, stir up your imagination and challenge some ideas! You might also take a look at the list of top 100 challenged books of the 1990's.

The following is a list of ideas from the American Library Association Website you might explore to support Banned Books Week:

Get Involved : Go to school board meetings. Volunteer at your local public library to create an event that helps to celebrate our freedom to read

Speak Out! Write letters to editors, officials and school principals that discusses and celebrates the freedom to read.

Exercise Your Rights! Check out a banned book at your library, discuss banned books at your book club.

Join the Freedom To Read Foundation

Dedicate one day’s programming on your National Public Radio (NPR) station to Banned Books Week.

Please visit ALA's Action Guide for even more suggested activities to celebrate Banned Books Week!

“Banned Books Week” is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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