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Banned Books Week

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Fahrenheight 451, Good Night and Good Luck, 1984 and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Beware of the Book

Beware of the Book

Do you know what these books have in common?

At one point or another, they have been banned or the target of a potential ban.

During the week of 9/26 – 10/3, persons across the world will observe banned books week.  This is the week that librarians and others will attempt to bring attention to books which have been banned and the principle of intellectual freedom.

In the past, we have been fortunate that most books are not banned.  This does not mean we can let up our efforts.  Librarians, teachers, booksellers and members of the community have been instrumental in ensuring this success.  Please use this time to think about how banning books can effect our society and the freedom to read & write ideas even if they are unpopular.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

At USF, SLIS will hold a brown bag lunch on 9/30.  They will exam the career of Judith Krug, the co-creator of banned books week.

-JF

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