Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week 2012

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 30- Oct. 6).

Throughout the ages, books from Catch-22, The Color Purple, Brave New World, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and even books in the Harry Potter series have been challenged or banned from public libraries and high-schools.

This year to mark the occasion, the American Library Association (ALA) coordinated a "50 State Salute to Banned Books," with each state offering a different video highlighting the societal harm of censorship. While I do not know anything about The Hunger Games and actually like the video Massachusetts submitted a bit more, since I live in Maine it seems appropriate to feature our clip. (The video comes from the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook.)

For more on Banned Books Week or to view your state's video submission, click here.

Happy reading.

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