- America Library Association
Banned Books List 2009-2010
How You Can Help
Good writers write because they have to, because they simply can’t be happy doing anything else. So, imagine what it is like, imagine how it feels, if your book is banned. If it is censored and edited because people just can’t comprehend where you’re coming from. All writers want readers to have the right to choose to read their books. No writer wants to hear that their book is not allowed to be read, that it is not appropriate to be read. And no one person, living in a country that is proud to call itself free, wants to hear that they are prohibited to read a book, solely because of someone else’s opinion of such book.
Our country is proclaimed free, yet countless people are being called upon to risk their careers in honor of keeping it free. The unsung heroes of literature who work, extremely hard, to keep the words of certain prose free to the public. Librarians, teachers, writers, booksellers, and so many more are being forced to petition for certain literatures to be rescued from censorship, and restrictions that prevent them from being accessed across the United States.
Booksellers have had to relocate because they have sold a restricted book. Children have been told they aren’t permitted to bring certain books to school, pages have been torn out of books, words and paragraphs blacked out.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – The 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
It is apparent that the situation has worsened over the years due to classic books that have been acclaimed for centuries, and Nobel Prize winning books, being banned and restricted. The unsung heroes of literary careers are being forced to risk their own livelihood to protect the freedom of literatures and the free right for sole individuals to read these selected literatures if they so choose.
Catcher in the Rye . . . Of Mice and Men . . . Harry Potter . . .
What’s your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 – October 2nd 2010.
From me you can expect: weekly articles on banned books, cases where books have been restricted, and instances where people have lost their jobs for this freedom, even in our great city of Louisville, Kentucky.
If you have had an experience with banned books, feel free to share or if you would like added info on a specific book follow the links under my picture to direct you to my bio and send me an email.