Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is held the last week of September each year. The purpose of the celebration is to remind us that we shouldn't take this freedom for granted.
Many challenges have to do with "protecting" children. It's worth reading the ALA's statement regarding this situation:
Although this is a commendable motivation, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA's basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.
How is your branch celebrating or promoting Banned Book Week? Have you read a banned book this year?
Check out these sites:
Banned Books Week (ALA)
Banned Books Week (jointly hosted by all BBW sponsors)
Fahrenheit 451: Freedom to Read (Pelham Public Library, ONT)
Banned Books Challenge (blog reviewing banned books)