Celebrate Banned Books Week – read a DANGEROUS book!

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. ~ Benjamin Franklin

September 25-October 2, 2010 is Banned Books Week. Each year, the American Library Association declares the last week in September Banned Books Week which “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.”

Each year the ALA releases its list of “The 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books” of the previous year. Often these books are requested to be dropped from school or public libraries. Books may be banned or challenged for many reasons – parental concerns that the books may be inappropriate for children, unpopular political views or controversial themes. Check out 2009′s list here.

All week we will be highlighting books that have been challenged, banned and burned throughout history. Stop by the library and check out the display at the reference desk to pick up some dangerous reading material today.

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