Yesterday kicked off Banned Books Week. From the ALA website:
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.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.
I have some great books and posts lined up to review this week (and it’ll probably bleed into next), so keep your eyes peeled for that. We’re starting with Huck Finn today.
This week couldn’t have come at a better time. With the controversies that have happened in the book community lately: #ISupportDiversity, #DiverseAThon, and the absolute MESS that was the VOYA explosion from Bisexuality Visibility Week last week–we SO need some positive light to shine on diverse and controversial books.
So join the Adult Booklr photo challenge, or just read and review your favorites. Post them to your instagram, your blogs, your twitter. Come back here and share your links so I know what you are sharing. I’d love to see them! Or @ me on Twitter so I can retweet them on #TuesdayBookBlog and #FridayReads.
How are you celebrating Banned Books Week? Get involved!