Sunday, September 30, 2012

30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week

Banned books in America? Yes, it is true; books are still being challenged in different parts
of the country and around the world for many reasons.
The American Library Association is celebrating in 2012 the 30th anniversary of banned books week. The 2012 Banned Books Week event is September 30-October 6.  However, part of the ALA celebration is also about the fact that many of the banned or challenged books remain available in libraries across the country for people to read.

The Chattanooga State Library’s guide on banned books states,
“The freedom to read, not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Although we enjoy an increasing quantity and availability of information and reading material, we must remain active to ensure that access to this material is preserved.”

This page can be found at

                                   Celebrate the freedom to read!


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