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BBW. It’s that time of year again.

Banned and challenged books week this year is being celebrated from September 24th through October 1st, 2011. The goal is to raise awareness about individuals’ freedom to read. Libraries across the country will showcase books that have been the target of censors, and will highlight First Amendment rights. For more information about Press Kits, events being held across the country, and even mugs, buttons, T-shirts, etc. for sale touting the cause, go to ALA’s Web site:
http://tinyurl.com/oc5cgv

Judith Krug, Who Fought Ban on Books, Dies at 69

Sad news from the New York Times…

Judith F. Krug"Judith F. Krug, who led the campaign by libraries against efforts to ban books, including helping found Banned Books Week, then fought laws and regulations to limit children’s access to the Internet, died Saturday in Evanston, Ill. She was 69."

Read more of the article here, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/us/15krug.html.

Top 10 Banned Books of 2007

In the current issue of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s newsletter, ALA’s ten most frequently challenged books from 2007 are listed as follows:

  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • The Chocolate War by Rober Cormier
  • Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • TTYL by Lauren Myracle
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Quite a few familiar titles, with a few additions.  If you want to report a challenge to the Office for Intellectual Freedom at ALA, call (800)545-2433, ext. 4223.