This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week which will be celebrated September 30th – October 6th. This annual event has gained recognition over the years as a chance to expose the harms of censorship and highlight the value of free and open access to information. It was started in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of books challenged in schools, libraries, and bookstores.
We have contacted authors both local and not and asked them share their thoughts on censorship of any sort. We will be posting their responses every day this week on our blog.
Let’s begin with Judy Blume. Five of Judy’s books (Forever, Blubber, Deenie, Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret, and Tiger Eyes) are on the American Library Association’s 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990-1999 . We contacted Judy, but she is a very busy woman who is battling breast cancer at the moment. She is in our thoughts as she fights this fight. She did provide us with a link to her website where she writes about censorship.
The American Library Association has a wonderful site devoted to book censorship. Bill Moyers is the honorary co-chair of the Banned Books Week this year and he has provided a short video entitled “The Bane of Banned Books” .
Here are some links with more information about Banned Books Week. We should all celebrate the freedom to read!