Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is acknowledged to give us a specific time to think about what we read and why and who has the authority to tell us what we can and can't read. It is a difficult concept for some folks to realize that while they can and should determine what they and their children can read, they do not have a right to require others to follow their choices. Their opinions are just that -- their opinions.

It is quite a privilege to live in a country that values free speech, though there are voices today that are getting louder and louder about wanting to restrict that freedom. We all need to guard that freedom fiercely.

There is a display in the library of the top 10 most often banned classics. Drop by and take a look. How many of these books have you read? Why do you think the titles may be objectionable to
some readers? Can you be respectful of their opinions?

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