Monday, September 26

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read


Banned Books Week is here, and I hope you're marking the holiday by reading a book from ALA's frequently challenged books list. From 2001 - 2010, American libraries received 4,660 book challenges, which means from 2001 - 2010 4,660 people tried to restrict your right to choose what you and your family reads. As a former Library Science student, this is an issue close to my heart. It specifically states in the American Library Bill of Rights (yes, libraries have their own bill of rights!) that it is responsibility of libraries to fight censorship. 

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights


Support your local public library this banned books week by visiting bannedbooksweek.org to find an event in your area (or there are virtual events as well) or read a book from the 2010's Ten Most Frequently Challenged List. I bet you'll be surprised to see some of your favorites on this list:


And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Lush, by Natasha Friend
What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer

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