Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Banned Books Week!

It's almost that time of year again! No, not "back to school" - it's "Banned Books Week," September 25th through October 2nd, 2010. According to the American Library Association's (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom, which created the event, BBW "...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."

The ALA's website has a Calendar of Events set to take place across the country to commemorate the week. One of the most impressive is "Read Out! Chicago" (Saturday, September 25 from 12-2), where renowned children's author Chris Crutcher "...will host authors of the ten most challenged books of 2009, as they read from their work and share their experiences as targets of censors."

At present, the Boston area does not appear to have a marquee event, but you can certainly check out some of the entries on the ALA's list of Top Ten most frequently challenged books of 2009 below.

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