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Happy Banned Book Week!

10.01.2008



With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how.
– Doris Lessing

I read today that the Twilight series was briefly banned from a middle school district in Orange county last Friday--just in time for Banned Book Week! According to the American Library Association, the week is meant to celebrate "the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met."

Some of my favorite banned/challenged books (source, source):

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (banned in certain school districts of Ohio and Texas in the 1970s for its several references to 'whores')

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (banned--oops, sorry I meant burned outside Christ Community Church in Alamagordo, New Mexico in 2001 along with other Tolkien books believed to be satanic)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

There are a lot more--be sure to read a banned book this week! Yay intellectual freedom!

4 comments:

Allie said...

"Catcher in the Rye" all the way.

Bridget Beth said...

I love banned books!!!!

theresa clare said...

I didn't know A Wrinkle In Time was banned!I love that book!

Maryann said...

Me too! It's probably too out-there for some Christians.