- Fizzy Thoughts: I read banned books

I read banned books

Saturday, September 27, 2008

How about you?

Celebrate your freedom to read.

Banned Books Week

September 27th-October 4th, 2008

from the ALA website:

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.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. As the Intellectual Freedom Manual (ALA, 7th edition) states:

“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate; and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work, and the viewpoints of both the author and receiver of information. Freedom to express oneself through a chosen mode of communication, including the Internet, becomes virtually meaningless if access to that information is not protected. Intellectual freedom implies a circle, and that circle is broken if either freedom of expression or access to ideas is stifled.”

3 comment(s):

jdeq said...

It never ceases to amaze me what can get folks all in a twist. Heck, even Harry Potter got banned in some areas here. Banning has the wrong effect on me though - I egnerally run to the store top see what some nut thinks I shouldn't be reading.

Icedream said...

I plan on doing some blogging about banned book week. I volunteer at my local library and helped look up the books that were most challenged this year. It just floors me that people still think they can dictate what others should or shouldn't read.

Bookfool said...

I've read 5 of those, I think. I'd have to go back and look, but some of those are among my all-time favorites.

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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