Banned Books Week
The idea for Banned Books Week originated from a display of banned books at the American Booksellers Association Convention in 1982. Each year, library and publishing organizations “draw attention to the importance of the freedom to read, to publicize threats to this freedom, and to combat ignorance and misinformation.” (http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=1482) Every three years, the American Library Association publishes the Banned Books Resource Guide http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2931 which lists over 1500 books that were either banned in local libraries or censored like: The Great Gatsby, the Harry Potter series, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird and more.
Support the First Amendment (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment01/) and your right to read! In the lower mezzanine of the Henry Whittemore Library, you can check out a display of books that were banned or censored. The curriculum library also has a display of banned children’s and young adult books.
Information online about Banned Books Week
From the Banned Books Week site:
- Report a book challenge, read about a book challenge http://bannedbooksweek.org/support.html
- Book bans and challenges map http://bannedbooksweek.org/Mapofbookcensorship.html
From American Library Association
- ALA’s Banned Books website: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
- Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009 http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/2009/index.cfm
- Banned or challenged classics: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/index.cfm
- Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century http://ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reasonsbanned/index.cfm
Resources from the National Coalition Against Censorship: http://www.ncac.org/Banned-Books-Week
“10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week” from The New York Times: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/10-ways-to-celebrate-banned-books-week/
A blog post from Kenneth C. Davis: http://www.dontknowmuch.com/2010/09/banned-books-week/
Twitter feed from The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association: http://twitter.com/oif