Banned Books Week

This is the beginning of Banned Books Week which is sponsored by the American Library Association.

As a retired librarian, I want you to know that I dealt with parents who wanted books removed from the public library because they didn’t like the content of the book.  It was one of the more unpleasant aspects of my job because those who want to ban books are very passionate about their beliefs and wish to impose them on everyone else.  In this case passionate = confrontational.

If you have children or grandchildren, please talk to them about the dangers of censorship and banning books.

And from experience, I can tell you that the librarians in your public library rarely hear thanks from the community for standing up to the bullies who would like to control what you read.  So, stop in at the library and let them know you appreciate what they are doing.  I guaratee you will make that librarian’s day.

You can find a list of the top 25 most controversial banned books here along with information on where you can read them free online.

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