Monday, September 25, 2006


Banned Books Week September 23rd-30th

The good news: Fewer books are being banned.
The bad news: Folks are still trying to tell people what they can and can't read.

Not familiar with Banned Books Week? Every year the the American Library Association(ALA) and libraries across the nation celebrate Banned Books Week. The idea is to encourage people to fight for their freedom to read. Occasionally you may read about a school or library or community that decides a book is offensive or unfit to read and they try to have the book removed from local libraries and deny folks the Right to Read. The ALA keeps track of this and you can read more about it at

What do you think? Do communities have the right to tell you what books you can and can't read? Do your parents have this right? Is it ever okay to deny someone access to a certain book? Post your comments.

Banned Books Week Teen Contest
Teens, test your knowledge of banned books. During September, correctly guess the titles of five banned books and be entered to win $50 BorderĂ‚’s books and music gift card. Fill out entry form at the Main Teen Center and participating branch libraries. From September 1st through 30th Main Library, Chinatown, Excelsior, Glen Park, Mission, North Beach, Ocean View, Ortega, Parkside, Portola, Richmond

The following books havechallengedd or banned the most in 2005. Find them at your library and read them. (and then read all the books at your local library, every single book, then ask for more!)

It's Perfectly Normal

by Judy Blume

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher

What My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones

Have you read these books? Post your comments!

1 comment:

sfazncitygurl said...

<--- I <3 Lurlene McDaniel!!! =D

The Banned Book contest sounds really interesting. I have the red entry sheet somewhere, half-filled out. I'll turn it in, I promise! x]