You know, with all the chaos and craziness in our politics today, its easy to forget that Americans used to live under much more oppressive intellectual conditions. And though information is readily available than ever before, certain religious groups quietly work to control what our children can read and learn in schools and libraries. Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012 has passed, but we must be mindful of current Books deemed dangerous for one reason or another and quietly removed from shelves.
Literally hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. The American Library Association (ALA), claims there were at least 326 in 2011. The ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of removals are never reported.
Explore these pages http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ for more information on:
Lists of banned/challenged books can be found on the American Library Assocation’s frequently challenged books pages. Censorship and book banning is Un-American. Be aware, and SHARE!