Celebrate Banned Books Week

I've struggled with what to write for Banned Books Week. I've written about banned books and censorship so many times that sometimes I feel like a broken record. I feel a bit like a character in Orwell's Animal Farm. "Books good! Book banning bad!" ...more

I think that you and I have different definitions of "banned." Banned Books Week shines a light ...more

Banned Books Week 2009

It is time for that annual American anti-censorship celebration known as Banned Books Week. Hosted by the American Library Association, 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." ...more

As you said with art it can be a very tough call. For example, I personally don't ...more

Remembering Judith Krug

Judith Krug is possibly not a name you are familiar with but chances are you've read a book that is in a library because of her. She was the director of the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom and the founder of Banned Books Week. Thanks to her work you can still find books like To Kill a Mockingbird and oh, just about every book Judy Blume ever wrote still on library shelves. It is due to her once a year across the United States people are reminded that having access to whatever book you want to read in a library is a privilege that mustn't take for granted. ...more

Hey Sassy!  Thanks for offering this lovely tribute to Judy and for noticing my post.  I ...more

Freedom To Read Week 2009

I sometimes feel like a broken record when I talk about censorship and banning books. You may have noticed that it's something that I feel strongly about - I'm very much against it. Someday I hope that I won't have to speak about it. I hope that someday the idea of removing books from libraries and bookstores will be a thing of the past. Until that time I'll continue write about banned books and this week, here in Canada, I'll celebrate Freedom to Read Week. ...more

I personally agree with you about re-classifying To Kill a Mockingbird.

But I was more ...more