Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 21−27, 2014

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What do Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, The Giver, and Eric Carle’s Draw Me a Star have in common?  You guessed it!  They all appear in the Tbbookop 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 list.

These books are in good company, at least in my opinion.  Apparently there is something in each of these books that is  not acceptable to some segment of our society.  Okay, I get that not every book is for every reader but I also staunchly defend my right to read these books and make this decision for myself.

What a crazy world we live in when we [as a society] applaud, encourage, and laud reading with one hand, and then we abruptly tailor our message with the other hand exhorting readers with messages to “Yes, read, but only read these books…”

In my rebellious youth, I vowed to purposefully read all the banned books just because they were banned!  After all, the “MAN” was deliberately trying to keep me from learning something about myself, my world, and my place in the world.  Now, as a hopefully wiser reader, I read a book because I am curious, because it interest me, because it meets an information need and other reasons, not just because it made ‘the list’.

According to the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

Join me and the world of readers as we celebrate our freedom to choose the books we want to read and not allow a mysterious few to decide what is acceptable and what is not; for September 21-27, 2014 and for life!
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Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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