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Banned Books Week Coming Soon.

By Bluestalking @Bluestalking

Last year at around this time I was able to do a lot of banned book giveaways - packages with multiple books, plus library t-shirts - mostly because Borders was closing (bow head, minute of silence) and I was able to pick up paperbacks dirt cheap. No such luck this year. Maybe I shouldn't have blown my proverbial wad all at once, fun though it was.

In lieu of that I'm not sure I'll have a whole lot to offer, though there's the tiny possibility I'll find something to contribute to the cause: reading and chatting about a banned book, maybe. Highlighting a few frequently - and/or recently - banned books.

Who knows? I have a month to think about it.

In the meantime, here's this promotional blurb created by the American Library Association, raising the profile of the observance, suggesting ways and reasons we should all celebrate our right to read, the freedom of information. A/K/A, the First Amendment.

Look through it for loads of links and if you'd like to read a banned book or twenty you'll find your information here:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

September 30−October 6, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week
Banned Books Virtual Read-Out

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning.

Banned Books Week 2012 marks its 30th anniversary (see timeline). Thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States participate in Banned Books Week each year, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the Office for Intellectual Freedom delivers the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week in coordination with ALA Chapters. The 50 State Salute consists of videos on how each state celebrates the freedom to read. For more information on how your organization can participate, please visit the 50 State Salute page. And for the second year in a row, we are cosponsoring the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out, where readers can declare their freedom to read by uploading videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned/challenged books. The critieria and video submission information has been updated. Please check out the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out page for more information.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

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; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; and the PEN American Center.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Project Censored.

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 [email protected].

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