In the meantime, I'd like to remind you of the Banned Book Challenge, which is still going on. Here's the invitation from the website:
Since 1990, according to the ALA Challenge Database, over ten thousand books have been challenged in our country. These include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien,1984 by George Orwell, the Bible, and the dictionary.
The last week in September is Banned Book Week, a way to celebrate and highlight these and other censored books. In honor of Banned Book Week, a community of writers and readers have decided to be part of the Banned Book Challenge.
The Challenge is simple: Read one or more banned or challenged books during the month of September, and post reviews of them. The reviews will be collected and posted to a central site so that people can find out more about these books.
If you're interested in being part of the Challenge, you can sign up HERE.
Please join us to spread the word about these books. Thank you.
I could go on all day about what it means to limit people's access to books. But I don't have to, because an old TV show called The Waltons does it for me. This is the scene I always think of when people talk about banning (or burning!) books.
Ugh, the video was taken down and I can't find a transcript of the speech he gives. But part of it can be found here.
The appropriate or inappropriate content of books is a sensitive issue, I know that. But taking away other's freedom is a very slippery slope.