Saturday, September 25, 2010
Banned Book Week Sept 25 - Oct 2, 2010
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Here is list of books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2009 and 2010. Its amazing what books are on this! I do find it interesting that the 2 books my daughter had to read for her HS summer reading are both on this list....Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich and The Tortilla Curtain by Coraghessan Boyle.
The Merriam Websters Dictionary is on this list! Its incredible. Here is a link to books challenged, restricted, removed or banned from previous years...
Each day, all across the country, one of our most basic freedoms — the right to read — is in danger. In communities large and small, censorship attempts every year threaten to undermine our freedom to read. Without our constant support, the First Amendment freedoms that we so often take for granted — the right to read, explore ideas, and express ourselves freely — are at risk.