Banned Books Week 2011

September 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM 4 comments

September 24−October 1, 2011

“…the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms…”

“…some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society…”

“…intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture…”

“…conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend…”

“…Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it…”

Quotes taken from ALA.org’s Banned Books Week Proclamation.

In all honesty, Banned Books Week is probably one of my favorite holidays because it is all about my freedom to read whatever I want to read. It is about freedom of speech. Freedom from conformity. Freedom. Banned Books Week is like my Independence Day.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rai  |  September 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    This is awesome. But you didn’t mention any specific banned books. Is that not the point?

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    • 2. Heather  |  September 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Well, I figured that there were some in the video. Also, you can find a list of banned books at ALA.org. I mean, I could mention Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, Running with Scissors, and plenty of others but ultimately I celebrate reading as a whole– not just reading because it’s banned. In my mind I do not see a banned book and a non-banned book, per se. I simply see books, and that is what I would like to encourage and support. Reading being the choice of the reader is the point, no matter what book it is.

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  • 3. Sarah  |  September 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Thanks for posting the video! I’m loving your blog, and I always love a good fight against censorship!

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    • 4. Heather  |  September 29, 2011 at 6:10 AM

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply

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