Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 24−October 1, 2011

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.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  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.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the 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.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—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; and the National Association of College Stores.  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.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or


In the ALA site (link above), our facebook notes and tumblr page you can find list and reasons of banned or challenged books. In honor of this week, if you want to buy a book pick on of those and support them!


  1. When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that
    service? Thanks a lot!

    Take a look at my homepage ryge væsker

  2. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and
    it is time to be happy. I have learn this submit and if I may
    just I desire to counsel you some fascinating things or tips.
    Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding this
    article. I want to read even more issues about it!

    my site: nicotine juices

  3. Can I simply just say what a relief to discover somebody who truly understands what they are talking about on the internet.
    You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people have to check this out and understand
    this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular since you definitely possess the gift.

    my web-site:

  4. An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

    Feel free to visit my page ::

  5. I must thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this website. I'm hoping
    to see the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as
    well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated
    me to get my very own blog now ;)

    Visit my homepage; damp cigaret

  6. With havin so much written content do you ever
    run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My site has a lot of unique content I've either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being stolen? I'd definitely appreciate it.

    Also visit my blog post ::

  7. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and everything.

    But think about if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more, "pop"!

    Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this website could certainly be one
    of the best in its field. Fantastic blog!

    my web blog: ecig


There is lot of spam lately at the posts, so for a while i will put up the comment moderation. Sorry for that, i really don't like it but i thought it might stop the spamming. It will be down soon enough! Thanks a lot :)

© Splash Of Our Worlds. The content of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s authors and/or owner is strictly prohibited.
Creative Commons License
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...