“Banned Books Week (September 25-October 2) is an annual celebration of intellectual freedom or, “The freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.” Sponsored by the American Library Association, this year’s theme is ‘Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same’.
Every time period in history has depended on authors to challenge taboo subjects, educate people on sociological issues, and do it in an entertaining way. Censorship prevents people, especially children and young adults, from being able to discover the wonderful characters, emotion, and ideology that are often found in controversial literature. It makes me wonder; who would we all be if we would not have been able to discover the bizarre world of Holden Caulfield, or travel down the Mississippi River with Huck Finn?”
What is your favorite banned book?
Lindsey Levinsohn is a collection development specialist for OverDrive.
Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same’ provides a list of books challenged or banned in 2009-2010. It includes suggestions on what you can do to protect your right to read and how to get invovled.