Banned books week starts today.
September 24âˆ’October 1, 2011
Banned Books Week (BBW) isÂ an annual event celebrating theÂ freedom to read and the importance ofÂ theÂ First Amendment.Â 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.
Intellectual freedomâ€”the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopularâ€”provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.Â BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.Â Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases theÂ books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.Â Imagine how many more books might be challengedâ€”and possibly banned or restrictedâ€”if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers;Â and the National Association of College Stores.Â It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.
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witches! get your head out of its brain and into a tub of vaseline, stat!