American Banned-Stand

Each year, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week. In their own words:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Firstly: here’s a list of some famous books that other people don’t want youto read.

Here, from the ALA’s website, is why Banned Books Week is important. Also, the “most-challenged” statistics: who’s this “Mark Twain” bloke? He’s obviously a filthmonger, and his books should be pulled from the shelves. Won’t somebody think of the children?!

A library in Virginia set up an interesting display for the last Banned Books Week – people sat behind a glass window and read banned and challenged books. Shocking!

And related, from Indexed: a succinct explanation of why banning books never works.

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