Banned Books Week: 30th Anniversary

To continue our series on Banned Books Week, we’ll be taking a look at ALA’s Banned Books Week website and checking out the different things they’re doing to raise awareness on this issue.

Of course, they have information on Frequently Challenged Books and Events happening in each state. I love this map (towards the bottom of the page) of where and when instances like these have occurred.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Check out their timeline in which they highlight a banned or challenged book every year since 1982.

The Office for Intellectual Freedom is compiling their own “50 State Salute to Banned Books Week” showcasing how each state is celebrating their freedom to read.

Continuing last year’s Banned Books Virtual Read-Out, everyone can participate by uploading a video of themselves sharing why this is an important matter in their lives. View the entries on the dedicated Youtube page. Authors, celebrities, and other notable people have contributed as well.

Watch this great video essay by Bill Moyers on censorship, “The Bane of Banned Books.”

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