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September 30, 2008 / schulerbooks

2008 Banned Book Week – 9/27 – 10/4

This week is the ALA’s Banned Book week – a time to reflect on our rights to write what we will, and read what we choose.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW’s 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

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– Jim Tremlett, Eastwood

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