Each year, the American Library Association joins other national organizations in sponsoring Banned Books Week, a public awareness campaign reminding us to protect and celebrate the right of everyone to read what they choose. For a more information about why it is so important to protect the freedom to read and defend against challenges and attempts to ban books, check this press release from the American Library Association.
At the Mira Costa Library, we are celebrating with a library display of some of our books that have been the most challenged and banned in the last decade. Please come by the library to see our display. Since Banned Books Week falls on a short week at Mira Costa, we will be continuing our celebration and display through October 10.
Here’s a fun video about Banned Books Week for the young, young adults, and everyone young at heart:
And, do check out the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out Channel on YouTube. Here’s one entry on the site – Whoopi Goldberg reading a Shel Silverstein poem: