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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Banned Books Week! Read a Banned Book.

So, I was a big slacker this year and didn't plan any big events or giveaways for Banned Books Week (though, there are loads of great ones going on, including: Book Journey's and Teen Librarian's Toolbox's and Epic Read's).  Still, as a librarian I can't let the whole week go by without noting how important it is to keep books of all kinds on our shelves. 

I'm not eloquent enough to write passionately about it (or maybe I'm not passionate enough to write eloquently about it), but I think it's fabulous that more attention is being brought to challenges and bannings of books.  These things still happen.  And while I might completely understand why a person doesn't want their child exposed to certain books (heck, I don't want to be exposed to many of those books), it is not right to try to remove those books from the shelves and hands of others who might need or want them. 

In celebration, therefore, read a banned bookOr read any book.  But when you do that, think about the privilege it is to have access to that book.   

How do you celebrate your freedom to read?

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8 comments :

  1. Great post and thanks for linking me! I have been enjoying some great books and audio all week and have to admit I could use a second week of banned books to get through all those I wish to this time around ;)

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    1. There are really so many fabulous banned books out there. Thanks for getting the word out!

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  2. Great post and I think you said it perfectly.

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  3. Nice thoughts. Short, simple and right to the point. I couldn't have done that. Talking about banned books makes me so mad!

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    1. Ooh, I'd like to read something from you about banned books - I love reading your passionate posts :)

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  4. Last year I read a challenged book. This year I didn't plan anything specific for this week. But, I read challenged/banned books all the time, even if you just count me rereading Harry Potter over and over. :)

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    1. Definitely it's nice to just read them anytime, all the time. I'm happy we can get challenged/banned books and sad others might not be able to.

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