Celebrate Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week

It blows my mind that there are banned books in this country. What year is this?! Let's all take a stand against this archaic practice and celebrate Banned Books Week.

So what exactly is Banned Books Week? It's an annual celebration to highlight the freedom to read, the importance of the First Amendment and the harms of censorship. The last week in September has served as Banned Books Week since 1982, and the event is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

How is Chicago celebrating? City Lit Theater Company will present Books on the Chopping Block, a series of 60-minute readings from the top ten most challenged books of 2010 at libraries around Chicagoland. See below for the full schedule:

Tuesday, September 27, 4:00pm at the Budlong Woods Branch and 7:00pm at the Oak Park Public Library
Wednesday, September 28, 6:00pm at the Bezazian Branch
Saturday, October 1, 2:00pm at the Roosevelt Branch
Sunday, October 2. 2:00pm at the Glencoe Public Library

Check out the The American Library Association's top ten list of most frequently challenged books. Now if anyone makes fun of you for reading Twilight you can say you're just supporting the First Amendment!

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Lush by Natasha Friend
7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
8. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
9. Revolutionary Voices by Amy Sonnie, editor
10. Twilight (series) by Stephanie Meyer

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