Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Did You Know? It's Banned Books Week!

The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting us to celebrate our freedom to read by participating in Banned Books Week (Sept 29 to Oct. 6, 2007). Click here for more information. There are number of ways to participate, but the simplest is to just grab a banned book and read it. Need some help figuring what's banned*? The following are the Top 10 Banned Books of 2006.

*Note: Banned books are more often that not, not completely banned, but merely challenged. The ALA explains it here.

Not so long ago, "The Bluest Eye" was one of our Book Club picks. Difficult? Absolutely! Offensive... I don't think so. I'd certainly let my teenager read it. And just for fun, I plan to stop by the bookstore and see what all the fuss is about with "And Tango Makes Three".


Julie October 3, 2007 at 2:20 PM  

Do people really think that teenagers are that innocent anymore? I mean seriously! With the contents on the internet quite easy to access I highly doubt that some of the content in these books would be shopping.

Isn't it important to teach our kids acceptance even if we don't understand it or agree with it?

Jenn October 8, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

"At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas."
~ Aldous Huxley

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
~ Dr. Seuss

Words to live by people!

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