10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

NYTimes – “Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of intellectual freedom and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States, including books commonly taught in secondary schools. Here are ideas for celebrating Banned Books Week.”

2 Responses to “10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week”

  1. Gina
    September 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Hey thanks for the info.

  2. Dan Kleinman
    September 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Great, now the NYT is spreading the “National Hogwash Week” propaganda.

    If people want to read a banned book, read the last book banned in the USA, namely, Fanny Hill, last banned in 1963. No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century.

    Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He’s the one who called it “National Hogwash Week.”

    Former ALA Councilor Jessamyn West 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.” See “Banned Books Week is Next Week.”

    And then there’s Judith Krug herself who created BBW:

    Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week,” by Judith Krug, Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006. “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

    Lastly, remember the ALA does not oppose book burning when doing so would interfere with its political interests. Go see what Judith Krug said about Cuban librarians: “American Library Association Shamed,” by Nat Hentoff.

    There’s a reason why the NYT is losing its readers. Promoting Banned Book Week propaganda is just a recent example.

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