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Banned Books Week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 6 Friday, September 28, 2007

Posted by lynne in updates.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose and 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 viewpoints to all who wish to read them. Intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Some books that have been challenged include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen, The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine, and United States Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 (The “Pentagon Papers”) U.S. Dept. of Defense. [Source: 100 Banned Books, Censorship Histories of World Literature. Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald & Dawn B. Sova.]

We invite you to explore what the week means. Reflect on your freedom to read, cherish it, and, by all means, read what you want to read. As the author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”



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