Banned Books Week!

September 30, 2009

September 26 through October 3 is Banned Books Week. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores, this nationwide celebration of the freedom to read and the right to self-expression began in 1982, when there was a sudden upsurge in challenges to the books made available in classrooms, bookstores and libraries.

For more on Banned Books Week and ways you can affirm your own right to read books of your choosing, please visit this site.

Of all the many freedoms we enjoy in this nation, none is more precious or more vital to the health and survival of our democracy than the right to express ourselves and share our ideas with others. Book censorship strikes at the very heart of our liberties.

So read a banned book today. You might enjoy it. You might learn something.

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