Banned Books Week or BBW is a yearly event that takes place during the last week of September and lasts until Oct. 2nd. This “holiday” was created in order to celebrate our benefits to free and open information. This week (although almost over, I apologize) is very important due to the fact that at one point and even today some of our rights to read and learn what we want is limited. We need to embrace this special right we have to read and to be able to express ourselves through books. The ALA, American Library Association, is a major sponsor for this special week and hosts a number of events. But the biggest message that they push is “the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.” Which I believe is awesome.
Some do not realize just how lucky we are to be able to read and access information at anytime is our lives. Some of the banned books were books I grew up reading and loving. Like:
So, with the few days that we have left to celebrate another one of our fabulous freedoms, pick up a book from the Banned Book List and read it!