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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Banned Books Week Should Be Celebrated Every Day
disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say
it,” said Voltaire.
need more people to respect, support, and defend free speech in America.You can begin by honoring Banned Books Week,
which is celebrated in 2018 on September 24-29.The American Library Association launched this in 1982 and each year its
support has grown.Now, more than a number
of generations can remember, our nation needs to stand up for books to be
shared, sold, read, and talked about.
focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned
Books Week draws national attention to the harm of censorship,” says www.BannedBooksWeek.org. “Banned Books
Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers,
publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support
of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox
to the ALA, the top 10 most challenged books in 2017 were as follows.Perhaps you should read some of these books –
and encourage others to do so:
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time
The Kite Runner
Sin as a Funny Word
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Hate U Give
And Tango Makes Three
I Am Jazz
what should you do when you become aware of censorship taking place?You can report it to the ALA, the National
Council of Teachers of English, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the National
Coalition Against Censorship.
has said this of book bans and challenges:
are still being banned and challenged today.A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon
the objections of a person or group.A
banning is the removal of those materials.
books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week
celebration is the fact that in a majority of cases, the books have remained
available.This happens only thanks to
the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand
up and speak out for the freedom to read.”
how can someone get involved to help make sure no books are ever banned or
a ban or act of censorship.
informed on cases where bans have been alleged.
events that celebrate the first amendment.
petitions against those who implement book bans. 5.Help
spread the word that others should read banned books.
on social media about those who ban or censor books.
your school, local library, or publishing community to rally around Banned
the ALA, Freedom to Read Foundation, and other freedom-fighting groups.
are so important to society.They help
us learn the truth and allow us to explore the world from our own living
room.Don’t let bullies like Trump try
to convince you that knowledge, media or books are bad or useless. Ban Trump, Honor Books!