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All About Banned Books Week September 27 - October 4, 2008! 
24th-Sep-2008 05:23 pm
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This week, ALA released its online video promoting Banned Books Week 2008, which stars ALA staffers Bryan Campbell and Valerie Hawkins -- which is me :)! You can see the video in a couple of places online, including:

Banned Books Week: I'd Like To Find *BLEEP*





Banned Books Week 2008 will kick off in Chicago, with a Read-Out! The event will feature popular banned or challenged authors and local Chicago celebrities on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4 p.m., at 401 N. Michigan Ave., Pioneer Plaza.

Each year since 2002, the Office for Intellectual Freedom has hosted a Read-Out! event to kick off Banned Books Week. The Read-Out! features a continuous reading of banned or challenged books, and the first event was first held right out on Huron Street, as some of you may recall. ALA staff read aloud from their favorite books and we were honored to have Studs Turkel and Sara Peretsky read with us as well.

This year, things are a little bigger. Not only do we have some well-known banned or challenged authors joining us – Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Stephen Chbosky, and Lauren Myracle will be in attendance, among others – but the event also will feature our very own Ilene Cooper! These authors will read from their own books or from their favorite books that have been banned or challenged. Keith Michael Fiels has graciously agreed to again serve as the Read-Out’s emcee.

We hope you will be able to join us for this year's event! The Read-Out! will be held this Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Pioneer Plaza in downtown Chicago. Authors will be signing their books and a limited number of books will be given away for free. For more information about the event, please visit our Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks and click on the events page. We hope to see you there!

Judith Krug, ALA's office for Intellectual Freedom (see video clip below)


Celebrate Banned Books Week 2008!

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25th-Sep-2008 03:34 am (UTC) - National Hogwash Week
Banned Books Week is "shameless propaganda ... now institutionalized with a week of its own."

"Those who are spreading hysteria about book banning and censorship know that they are in a war, but too many of those who thoughtlessly repeat their rhetoric do not."

See who said this (not me) and more here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/sowell

Even a former ALA Councilor said: "It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don't talk about much--the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it's totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all."
25th-Sep-2008 02:32 pm (UTC) - But... did you like me in the video??
Please name the ALA Councilor. And supplying your own name would be nice, as well.

No one ever said Banned Books Week was about anything else than people trying to get books removed from libraries and schools. It has never been about keeping books from being sold.

And if it wasn't such a big deal, why does it continue to happen, all over the country? To dozens of titles? And why has the same book been the target of the most challenges for two years running -- can a children's book about two male penguins raising a chick really be that offensive??

You should know that as far as a book being age-inappropriate, it is the publishers that suggest age levels/reading levels for books.

Whoever made your "quote," it is indeed a formidable thing for a book to be taken out of a library -- especially since some of those attempts succeed. And the new tactic of checking a book out of library and not returning it because you feel the library shouldn't have it is nothing less than a criminal act.

Most importantly, feel free to explain your views during the Censorship discussion in Second Life on Wednesday, October 1!!
25th-Sep-2008 05:14 pm (UTC) - Re: National Hogwash Week
Oh, never mind. Should've guessed:

Thomas Sowell on Banned Books Week - BBW is "Shameless Propaganda ... Now Institutionalized With a Week of Its Own"


26th-Sep-2008 02:19 am (UTC)
These people think that by trying to minimize book banning that they will be able to further stifle free thought. If a book is banned from publication by the state, or if it is removed from a library...it is the same thing. It is censorship.
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