Banned Books Resources

By Sam Johnson

     Since its inception in 1982, "Banned Books Week" has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to, or view.
    
During the last week in September,  many local libraries, along with thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country, will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits, and "read-outs" that showcase books that have been banned, or threatened.
    
Certain books may upset or offend some, but that is no reason to prevent others from reading them.
     The truth is, censorship rarely protects innocence, it mostly protects ignorance.
     Check with your local school and public libraries for special events and activities in your community.


CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING LINKS & RESOURCES: 


"Banned Books Week" information from the American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm

Special events and activities related to "Banned Books Week"
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Lists of most frequently banned books over the past decade

http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/default.asp

"Banned Books Week READ OUT!"
http://www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Banned Book Week
http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/banned-books-week-participate-in-ala%E2%80%99s-virtual-read-out-plus-terrific-vonnegut-comments-on-censorship/



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