Tomorrow begins Banned Books Week (September 29th through October 6th). What does that mean? Generally public libraries don’t ban any books. But all over the country people challenge books they don’t think are appropriate for other people to read. Often people have very strong opinions on what authors put in books and they don’t feel those books should be put into Public Libraries or Schools libraries. We are reminded this time of year that we are lucky to live in a country where we have the first amendment, and therefore the freedom to read. That also means we're all allowed to have opinons on books -- and most likely that means we won't like all of them.
If you want to see the list of Most Challenged Books or learn more about Banned Books Week, check out the American Library Association’s website.
Some of my favorite books are on that list, such as: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things; A Child Called It; The Catcher in the Rye; and the Harry Potter books. I understand what people find offensive about them, but I am also glad that I am allowed to read them! Please let me know your thoughts on this! Have there been any books which you have read that you thought shouldn’t be allowed in the library?