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Libraries Celebrating Banned Book Week

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Submitted by Tiffany Whitehead

This week is Banned Books Week and libraries across the country are celebrating the freedom to read by reading books that have been challenged or banned in libraries across the country. You can read more about Banned Books Week here on the American Library Association website.
 
This summer I learned about an amazing resource called StorySnoops. A group of mothers have compiled an incredible database of book reviews and reading resources for tweens and teens. Through blogging and Twitter, I have gotten to know these incredible ladies and I was honored when they asked to interview me in the spirit of Banned Books Week. I was beside myself when I learned that I would be part of a series that interviewed Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, and a few other blogging librarians. My interview was the first to appear, and it went up this Saturday. You can visit their blog and read my interview by clicking here. Their site is www.storysnoops.com. If you visit their blog you will see a new interview added each day this week, including one with Judy Blume!
 
I hope you take a few moments this week to remember a book that influenced your life as a child, then imagine what it would have been like if that book were banned and never found its way into your hands. We are so blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to read what we want regardless of the opinions of others!

6 Comments

  1. Tiffany Whitehead

    September 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for posting this! It’s so important to stop and be thankful for the freedom we have to read whatever we want in this country.

  2. ward

    September 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Great job, Mrs. Whitehead.

  3. ward

    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Great job Mrs. Whitehead.

  4. Mom

    September 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    What happened to being able to censor what our children have access to?

    Over the summer I encouraged my daughter to pick a book out of the teen section at the public library. On a road trip, when she was almost through with the book, she had a question about a word and handed me the book. What I read was questionable, so I flipped through the book and read that the book was about “hooking up!”

    She came home talking about a book she recently read that she checked out of the school library. I didn’t have much time to read the book, so I rented the movie which included gang fighting, profanity, teenage sex, and an orgy.

    Books with questionable material should be listed in the adult section at public libraries and not in school libraries at all.

  5. Shannon Knowlton

    September 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Many of my favorite books are on the Banned Books List. These books touched me deeply and made me a better person for having read them (To Kill A Mockingbird is a perfect example). When I think of someone taking away my children’s opportunity to read such books, it makes me angry.

    If a book is published and intended for a young adult or teen audience, it should be shelved as such. Now, I do understand the point about a controversial book being in a school library. School librarians have it harder and find themselves in some tricky situations, especially those for the younger grades. However, most young adult books are for “14 and up”, making them appropriate for most high schools. In fact, the books my teen son has been assigned for school has had some shocking content in it! Or so, I thought, but came to realize after reading the book that the content was only shocking when taken out of context.

    I think we have to be careful about deciding what is suitable content for other people. That is a choice which should be decided in one’s family, by parents. That is why we invented StorySnoops – so parents can help guide children to books that are a good match for them.

    Thanks, Tiffany!

    -Shannon

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