Wednesday, September 26, 2007
13 Thoughts About Banned Books Week (TT #29 )
Since Banned Books Week is coming up, I decided to make a Thursday 13 out of it.
1. I think I was in Junior High before I realized that there was such a thing as a "banned book". I was a library aide in Jr. High (shocking, right?) and my librarian pulled me aside and said, "And these books behind the counter are 'banned books'. We can't put them on the shelf, but you can check them out any time you want." God love her.
2. Banned Books Week is September 29-October 6 this year.
3. Of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2006, I have read only one (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), but I have another of the books (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things) on my TBR shelf.
4. Judy Blume has consistently been one of the most challenged authors. Nobody can do adolescent-girl literature like Judy Blume. One year for my birthday, I got a stack of Judy Blume books (Blubber; Iggie's House; Are you There, God? It's me Margaret; It's Not the End of the World) and they remain some of my favorite gifts to date. They're still on my bookshelf.
5. I signed up for a Banned Books and Authors Book Box at Bookcrossing yesterday. All books in the box have to either be on one of the top 100 banned books lists or be written by an author that's on a banned author list. I have several books that fit the description.
6. The ALA Website gives these ideas for fighting censorship.
7. This is the 26th anniversary of Banned Books Week.
8. “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”—Noam Chomsky
9. “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . .”—Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
10. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”—Beatrice Hall
11. “Now that eighteen-year-olds have the right to vote, it is obvious that they must be allowed the freedom to form their political views on the basis of uncensored speech before they turn eighteen, so that their minds are not a blank when they first exercise the franchise. And since an eighteen-year-old’s right to vote is a right personal to him rather than a right to be exercised on his behalf by his parents, the right of parents to enlist the aid of the state to shield their children from ideas of which the parents disapprove cannot be plenary either. People are unlikely to become well-functioning, independent-minded adults and responsible citizens if they are raised in an intellectual bubble.”—Seventh District Judge Richard Posner
12. Here's a link to some ideas for how you can celebrate Banned Books Week.
13. Even my teeny tiny local library celebrates Banned Books Week. They have a display of banned book themed book marks, and a special table of banned books. Your library probably does too. Go check it out. You'll probably find some of your favorite books featured. It's surprising how many books are challenged and for what reasons.
All quotes are from here.
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