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Subject: ALA's Banned Book Week is at the end of this month...
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 4:43 PM ET
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9/25/10 - 10/2/10 is Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read - Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. This month, why not read a book that's been challenged?

Go here for a list: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/index.cfm

I think I'll read To Kill A Mockingbird again because it turned 50 this year.  What book will you read?

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 2:59 AM ET
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hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms

I think it's interesting that this is called BANNED books week since someone attempting to ban a book is NOT the same as actually getting it banned. 

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 8:33 AM ET
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I agree!  But I still thought it would be interesting to read a "challenged" book from their list.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 8:45 AM ET
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I own or  have read all of these; the minute someone tells me I shouldn't or can't read a book, it automatically goes on my TBR list.  It's been a while since I've read any Vonnegut, so I'll probably pick up either Slaughterhouse-Five or Cat's Cradle.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 10:41 AM ET
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Thanks for posting this!

Sheesh, "Charlotte's Web" was challenged?!?

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Sheesh, "Charlotte's Web" was challenged?!?

Oh yes. The reason, and I swear I'm not making this up, is because it depicts talking animals and somehow that was blasphemy to someone. 

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 3:27 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:36 PM ET
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So, I decided to get a jump start on banned books week and started reading "Brideshead Revisited" (handy that I had it on my bookshelf, thanks to a PBS exchange!).  I've always loved to thumb my nose at books that people told me I shouldn't read!  LOL

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:59 PM ET
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I started To Kill A Mockingbird this weekend.  It's amazing how much I forgot about this story.  I must say the kid's dialog is really funny.  So far, I'm enjoying it very much!

Marilyn - I never heard of the Index Liborum Prohibitorum.  Interesting!

Like many of you - don't tell me what I can't do - - - cause I'll do it!  cheeky

Subject: Banned or proscribed books
Date Posted: 9/21/2010 4:06 PM ET
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When I was in  high school (before there was air) the phrase "banned in Boston" was all that was needed to get a book to best-seller status.  The first one I remember reading was "Forever Amber" which was considered just too obscene, now it seems less than slightly risque.  But still there are people who want to control other people's minds.  Thank goodness once again for the first amendment.

 

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 5:29 PM ET
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My mom told me that she read "Forever Amber" under the covers with a flashlight because she wasn't supposed to read it.  Years later I found a copy, read it, and thought, "huh?"  LOL

Date Posted: 9/24/2010 10:46 PM ET
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The list includes books that have been banned as well as challenged.  They just don't designate which are which.

When I worked for the public library system, I'd get to see the display each year.  They put the books and the reasons why someone objected.  Most of the time it didn't make any sense.

Date Posted: 9/11/2011 10:14 PM ET
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I plan to read Fahrenheit 451 myself. And I'm going to read And Tango Makes Three to my kids.

Date Posted: 9/13/2011 5:51 PM ET
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The only minds I wish to 'control'-aka protect- are those of my children. I can understand wanting to get certain books out of school libraries. Anywhere else, I'm fine if they're there, to such an extent as is possible. But in school, where my children were required to browse the assigned sections and check out a book in their grade level...well, it's incredibly coercive and rude to those families who did not wish their children exposed to certain things AT CERTAIN AGES. It also turns some off to reading even when their parents aren't fighting about appropiate material.

If the kids could have brought their own books, or chosen books in other sections that they knew they would enjoy, then I wouldn't even have cared so much that certain books were in the school, either. But the kids got pushed into bringing material home that they then asked me to scan and approve. Sometimes I just put it aside and offered a different book, or we went to the public library.

"Banned Books Week" appears to be political hash now that I've researched some of it. I read what I want, not because I have been told to or told not to.

 

Date Posted: 9/16/2011 9:31 AM ET
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I'm going to read The House of the Spirits by Allende and reread The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.