Banned Books Week

 Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 27–October 4, 2008

Banned Books Week

KDL invites you to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. This event is observed each year during the last week of September and celebrated nation-wide . Since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read as well as the freedom to express one’s opinion even though that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. From J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the list of banned books is quite impressive. Even more impressive, however, is the conviction of those that choose to stand up for our freedom to read and never take that freedom for granted.

Be sure to check out these great Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read resources:

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8 Responses to “Banned Books Week”

  1. Amy Linde Says:

    Is anything being planned in the Grand Rapids area to support Banned Books Week other than reading these books?

  2. Louis J. (Shika) Says:

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READING IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE KDL LIBRARIES ARE MY SECOND HOMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. J H Says:

    I only read banned books. Works by existentialists are my favorites. It is nice to see that libraries support freedom of thought.

  4. Josh Says:

    So, in the interest of starting some discussion I have a question for all you comment readers out there. What is your favorite Banned book? Mine would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird.

  5. Darren and Carla Says:

    On Saturday 10/4 at 6:30pm, there will be a “Freedom to Read Bonfire.” This event is a “read-out” where people will gather, bring some of their favorite banned/challenged books, and take turns reading excerpts from them around a campfire. There will be doughnuts and cider. This event will take place at Les Tassel Park at 2900 Thornapple River Dr. (take Cascade Rd. east toward the Thornapple river and turn right just before the river). Hope to see you there! BYOB (Bring your own book)! This is a free event.

  6. Saul Says:

    @ Josh

    My favourites, by far, are the Harry Potter books. I love most of the books on the list, though. I’ve read them all. :]

  7. Nell Says:

    I just read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this summer because I was so impressed with the movie years ago when I first saw it. I rewatched the movie and then read the book and like usual I liked the book better because you could tell the main character was getting better as the book progressed.

  8. Josh Says:

    I agree Saul, the Harry Potter books are fantastic, and boy have they been banned a bunch since they started coming out. What a great series!