Monday, February 26, 2007
Celebrate Freedom by Reading a Banned Book
Here are some terrific sites where you can learn more about banned or challenged books.
Fahrenheit 451: Banned Books - Elaine Anderson, who works at the Pelham Public Library in Ontario, Canada hosts this blog which discusses banned books. She has some fun posters you can add to your site, such as the one at the bottom. At the top of her sidebar you can join the Banned Book Challenge, which is to read as many banned or challenged books as you wish between Feb 26 and June 30, 2007. I know we are all about challenged out, but this is one I can't pass up. I think I can readjust some of the books in my other challenges to work in with this one.
The Freedom to Read - This is a Canadian site that offers clip art, posters and suggestions for participating in the freedom of reading.
The Forbidden Library - This site is in conjunction with amason.com and lists banned and challenged books by alphabetically by title or by author. A great source to pick books from for the Banned Book Challenge. It also provides Censorship quotes like this one: "The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion..."
-- Henry Steel Commager
ALA - American Library Association sponsors their banned book week in Sept. It has a section on Intellectual Freedom, posters, etc.
100 Most Frequently Challenged Books (1990-2000) - A list put together by ALA.