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Banned Book Week Sept 22 - Sept 28, 2013   Tags: ban, banned, banned books, freedom, literacy  

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Think for yourself.

2010 Banned Books Week poster, ALA

Protect your freedom by valuing the ability of people to create and explore ideas freely.


America's first banned book

William Pynchon, a merchant and the founder of the present day city of Springfield, Massachusetts, wrote The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, Justification, Etc. in 1650, when he argued against some of the leading Puritan doctrine of his day.  The General Court of Massachusetts ordered the book suppressed and for all copies to be burned publicly.  Pynchon retracted some of his written statements, but eventually he was forced to return to England.


Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week | September 22−September 28, 2013

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Banned Book Resources

  • ALA Banned Book Week
    The American Library Association provides resources, links, history, and additional information about Banned Book Week.
  • Banned Books Week
    A website that specifically tracks events, activities, and locations for banned book happenings.
  • Facebook Banned Book Week
    Become a Fan of Banned Book Week on Facebook, see events, pictures, and how people are celebrating the freedom of reading!

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