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Banned Books Week 2009

It's that time of year again, when we get to celebrate Banned Books Week! Every year, during the last week of September, the ALA sponsors Banned Books Week highlighting the importance of free and open access to the written word and the dangers of censorship. My favorite passage in their written statement is as follows:
Imagine how many more books might be challenged--and possibly banned or restricted--if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Amen.
I went through and did a quick cull of my shelves, pulling down a few of the most frequently challenged books over the years. These are some of my very favorite books, people. These are books like To Kill a Mockingbird (see wonderful Harper Lee quote above), Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time, A Separate Peace, and so many more.
You already know my feelings on this issue (they are strong), so I thought that this year I'd simply include a list of a few of my favorite recent links from around the web on the subject and hope that you check out all the wonderful posts being written in support of the right to read. Make sure to stop in this Friday to catch my special Banned Books Week edition of Retro Fridays.
Lastly, here is the incomparable John Green's excellent defense of his book Looking for Alaska.

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  1. Funny, isn't it, how seriously some of the best books ever are on that list...

    :)

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  2. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Great post! You gathered some really good information to kick off Banned Books Week. =) I especially liked John Green's rant! He's awesome and hilarious...and completely right.

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  3. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird! Oh, well. They can try to ban these books if they like; it just makes people want to read them more. :)

    I've got an award for your lovely blog here.

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  4. Hi :)
    Thanks for the great post!
    I loved the vid by John Green.
    I'm going to read Huckleberry Finn in honor of Banned Books week.
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

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  5. Raspberry, it is. And then of course it's not funny at all. *sigh*

    Becky, he is all of those things. Love that guy.

    La Coccinelle, I hope that's exactly what it does. There's something in these books narrow minded people are afraid you will read. Go! :) Thank you for the lovely award!

    RK, he is awesome it is true. And what a good choice for BBW reading!

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  6. Wow, this is not good...

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  7. Now I want to read Looking for Alaska...

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  8. Now I want to find a whole bunch of banned books for Vicki to read, just out of protest. As if her going through Harry Potter for the umpteenth time isn't enough. Maybe she's old enough now for Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret!

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  9. abbee lee, you can say that again.

    AztecLady, yay! It's such a beautiful book. One of my most favorite endings ever.

    Allie, exactly! Will and I just finished The Chronicles of Narnia together. *sob* I'm thinking it's time for Harry. :) And Vicki is totally ready for Judy Blume!

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  10. Oh my God, that was the best video rant ever! EVER! My mouth fell open (thankfully no flies flew in), my eyebrows became one with my hairline and although it may have sounded like choking I can assure you that it was indeed laughter. That was awesome.

    And yes, I too want to check out his book now.

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  11. I just became a John Green fan.

    And now I need to go read 84 Charring Cross Road. I know we spent at least one afternoon in London looking for that location and I do believe we found a Pizza Hut in it's spot. The nerve!

    I think, maybe for my birthday, I'll ask you to compile a list of "Books that everyone (especially Carrie) must read" because, man, I need a list like that.

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  12. This is the very video that set me off on my whole John Green kick over a year ago. Love him.

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  13. That is pretty good for me because i never love to read.

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  14. Love the video! He makes some really good points about books and not being a pornographer :)

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  15. I love Banned Book Week! I wish it was a month so more people can get the message, but thank you for posting this. :) I also love John Green.

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  16. KMont, yes! I'm so glad you watched it and loved it. He's awesome and I think you'd like LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Also, if you're in the mood for something funny AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES is hysterical from beginning to end.

    Carrie, I'm glad you remember me dragging you to 84 with fondness. :) It was indeed a Pizza Hut. *sob*

    One birthday list coming up!

    Suey, that's so great you found him through this video. I love all the Brotherhood 2.0 vlogs.

    london, hey there! Glad you could stop by. If you want any reading recommendations I'm happy to offer some. :)

    Tracie, lol, yeah. I'd be mad, too, I think.

    Princess Allie, I agree. A month would be awesome.

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  17. What a great week, love it. Wouldn't it be fun to try to see how many banned books you could read during the week?

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  18. Book Club Guide, you know several bloggers have taken up that challenge and it's such fun to check in with their progress and read their thoughts on the individual books.

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