Monday, October 01, 2007

Banned Books Week


Good morning readers,
I wanted to take today to remind everyone that this week is Banned Books Week. If you'd like to learn more about which books were banned and why, I'd recommend heading over to the AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.

You might be surprised to find out which books are on the list.

1 Comments:

Blogger Patrick McNamara said...

Banned books don't mean what they use to. It has become less about controversy and more a promotional tool.

In most cases the bannings appear simply because the material isn't suitable for those of that age, such as erotica, or where children might get ahold of such material. And because "adult" libraries might be accessable to children, anything that would be considered mature automatically isn't carried.

Much of the time a library may choose just not to carry the material but doesn't actually call it banned. For instance, many libraries won't carry Rush Limbaugh because they don't agree with his politics but don't actually call them banned book.

Of course every now and then something that doesn't seem offensive gets challenged and the media jumps all over it. But usually, when a library chooses not to carry a book they have good reason.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 11:34:00 AM EDT  

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