Thursday, September 21, 2006

Banned Books Week

Catcher in the Rye . . . Harry Potter . . . Captain Underpants . . .
Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 23rd to the 30th.

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Banned Books Week "celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met." (American Library Association)

10 most challenged books in 2005
100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000
American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression's banned and challenged book list
Google's explore banned books

Join the banned books virtual panel discussion this Monday at 9 a.m.
with frequently banned authors, Chris Crutcher and Sonya Sones, and American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Expert, Kent Oliver.

Vote for your favorite banned book

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