I see my brilliant friends at Little Junkies are celebrating Banned Books Week. Not to hone in on LJ’s turf or anything, but I think there is more than enough Book Love to go around. I haven’t been posting much, but I am dedicating this week to Banned Books. Apropos of Banned Book Weeks Super Mon and Friends will have their first Book Club for Hotties meeting on Oct. 3, the last day of Banned Books Week. We aren’t reading a banned or challenged book this time, but I am guessing these voracious reading hotties of hotness will want to rebel against oppression.
So welcome to Super Mon and Steve-Os Banned Books Blogaround!
Banned Books Week is celebrated this year from today, Sept. 26, 2009 through October 3, 2009 as designated by the American Library Association (ALA).
The ALA has had to establish the Library Bill of Rights to protect against censorship, which states, “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” (taken from http://www.dailytitan.com/2009/09/banned-books-week-celebrates-removed-texts/)
Little Junkies and Super Mon aren’t the only two bloggers who care about books.
The First Amendment Center publishes the list of the most in challenged books from 2008.
There are so many books that have been challenged and/or banned there is no way to cover them all, but it’s really books aimed at young adults that might cover the sex, the gays, rape, or SATAN that come under fire.
Flickr celebrates banned books with images of banned books and libraries (awesome!)
Amnesty International reminds us that authors of banned books can be arrested, disappeared, or killed in some countries.
The American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression has downloadable Banned Books Week Posters!
The Western Courier encourages students to read banned books!
It is NOT a celebration of the success of banning or challenging books. What is it then? A call to stop censorship. To read. Does this mean books I don’t like will be printed? Why, yes it does. But, we have this very short, yet packed full of meaning amendment to our Constitution that says,
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Geez, think about it– separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and the right to peaceably assemble are in the SAME AMENDMENT!!! So smart! Yet, here we are 218 years after this amendment was ratified and people are still trying to ban books, insert their religious views into all forms of goverment, and deny citizens the right to peacefully assemble. We have work to do, my friends.
And, finally, here are some other blogs writing on this topic that you may like:
How to celebrate Banned Books Week at How Stuff Works
A Read Out in Chicago to celebrate Banned Books Week
I am just getting started, so stay tuned!