If anniversary is the right way to describe this current week. It can be looked at both ways, I suppose. It is great to fight against any attempt to ban books. It is disheartening to still have to do this in this day and age. But they say things don't change all that much, and there will always be others to try and stop you from experiencing life and knowledge on your own. So, do what you can to make sure no books are banned for anyone.
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Banned Books Week at 30: New and Notable Efforts
By Karen Springen
Banned Books Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary – because, well, people are still trying to remove Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from library shelves. And the American Library Association is still fighting the good fight to keep that from happening. “Our motto is: 30 years of liberating literature,” says Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Once again, bibliophiles can discuss the most frequently challenged books – currently led by Lauren Myracle’s ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r; Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth; and Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy – online, at the BBWVirtual Read-Out and using social media like Twitter (#bannedbooksweek) and Facebook.
But there’s also plenty that’s new for Banned Books Week 2012 (September 30 to October 6). Here’s a rundown:
A screen grab from Bill Moyers's video for Banned Books Week, which shows a sampling of challenged titles.
First Banned Books Week chairs. This year TV journalists Bill Moyers and his wife, Judith Davidson Moyers, are BBW’s inaugural honorary chairpeople. In his video for BBW 2012, the PBS host notes that last year the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 326 challenges to library materials. “It pains me today that even in this modern age, some folks are saying, nope, that book isn’t for you,” he says in the video. “Some of the most inspiring and mind-opening words ever written are threatened with removal because they offended a self-deputized vigilante… Censorship is the enemy of truth, even more than a lie. A lie can be exposed. Censorship can prevent us from knowing the difference.” The video was Moyers’s idea – he contacted the ALA and said he would like to do a video for the Read-Out. In turn, says Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, “we said, ‘Would you consider taking it up a notch and actually being the honorary co-chair of the event?”