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October 3rd, 2012

30th ANNIVERSARY BANNED BOOK WEEK, Sept 29-Oct 5, 2012

“Censorship is the enemy of truth - even more than a lie. A lie can be exposed; censorship can prevent us knowing the difference.”

- Bill Moyers, America journalist and public commentator

This is the week that libraries and librarians all over the US set aside for awareness of the dangers of censorship, or as Bill Moyers says, “Banned Book Week reminds us of the foundation of our freedom - the First Amendment - and the freedom of all of us – including our kids – to read and think and nurture the life of the mind.”

So help us celebrate - READ A BANNED BOOK THIS WEEK!

The American Library Association has lists of frequently challenged books you can choose from at:

For more information about Banned Book Week go to:

Posted in: Books, Campus News, General News, Good Reads
by Linda Goff
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September 28th, 2009

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 26−October 3, 2009

Censorship: A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives. Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered controversial, unorthodox or unpopular— is a core value of the library profession. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of controversial, unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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