Banned Books Week

September 27, 2012

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Banned Books Week, observing its 30-year anniversary September 30 through October 6, 2012, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

How will you participate?

Village Books, in Bellingham, will host a Banned Books Week Read-Out on Sunday, September 30, 2 to 4pm. In addition to the store’s annual, much-commented-upon banned books display, community members will read a banned text or talk about a book banning event. Village Books will record and post videos of each person as part of the nationwide Virtual Read-Out.

The Whatcom County Library Foundation invites the public to an open house to “Celebrate the Freedom to Read” on Saturday, October 6, 2 to 4pm at the Ferndale Public Library.

Show your support for the freedom to read. Check your local library and independent bookstore for Banned Books Week displays and events. Look over lists of the 10 most challenged titles of 2011 and 97 banned or challenged classics. Here’s a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-1999 and 2000-2009. See a short 2010 list of banned poems, thanks to Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. Watch a Banned Books Week video created by Bookmans, an independent bookstore with six locations in Arizona. Like Banned Books Week on Facebook. Read a banned book.

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