Read Whatever You Want, It’s Banned Books Week

It’s the last week of September and you know what that means! It’s Banned Books Week! Oh, you didn’t know?

Well, each year during the last week of September, libraries nationwide sponsor events to honor books that have been banned and to teach the importance of freedom of speech.

While many classic books that have been banned — like Catcher in the Rye and Grapes of Wrath — there have also been a number of recent books that have been banned, including the supernatural tween hits from Twilight and Harry Potter.

Here’s some more information, if you’d like to find out what Banned Books Week events are happening at a library near you.

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  1. No book has been banned in the USA for about half a century. Fanny Hill got that honor a long time ago. Challenged books in schools that are removed is different from banning. Setting aside that Banned Books Week is propaganda, the creator of BBW said:

    “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.”

    See: “Banned Books Week Propaganda Exposed by Progressive Librarian Rory Litwin; ALA Censors Out Criticism of Its Own Actions in a Manner Dishonest to the Core.”

    See also: “Celebrate ‘Librarians Trying to Make Themselves Feel Important’ Week!,” by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 26 September 2011.

    Be sure to see the “banned” author admitting the ALA fakes its top 10 challenged book list for political reasons. See: “ Banned Books Week is Gay Promotion? Author Admits ALA Faked 2010 Top 10 Challenged Book List .”

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