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This guide provides information about books that have been banned from schools and libraries.

Authors against Book Banning and Censorship

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

Benjamin Franklin -- Wrote such works like: Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress, Poor Richard's Almanack, Silence Dogood, and Fart Proudly.  

Photo Source: Benjamin Franklin Wikipedia Page

“I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases.”

Kurt Vonnegut -- Author of such works like: Slaughterhouse-Five, Deadeye Dick, and Welcome to the Monkey House.

Photo Source: Kurt Vonnegut Wikipedia page 

“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.”

Laurie Halse Anderson -- Author of such works like: Speak, Chains, Fever 1973 and Forge

Source of Photo: Amazon

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

Salman Rushdie -- Author of such works like: Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and Midnight's Children. 

Photo Source: Salman Rushdie Wikipedia Page

“Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you've got to fight it.”

Judy Blume -- Author of such works like: Freckle Juice, Its Not the End of the World, and Places I Never Meant to Be.

Source of Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”

Stephen Chbosky -- Author of such works like: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pieces, and Las ventajas de ser invisible.

Source of Photo: Simon & Schuster Author Page

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”

Mark Twain -- Authored such works like: Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Photo Source: Mark Twain Official Website

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."

Oscar Wilde -- Author such works like: The Happy Prince and other Tales, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Photo Source: Oscar Wilde Official Webpage

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2017: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

Participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Information and Clip Art taken from: 

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks

Banned Books

"From the beginning of the written word, books have had the capacity to enlighten, to instruct, to entertain and to offend, sometimes all within the same text. Books are frequently banned, generally on a local level affecting only local or school libraries. Occasionally, a government will step in to ban a book. It is not illegal to read banned books, the rulings just make them more difficult to find. Booksellers are sometimes guilty of banning books as well. They cave in response to pressure from customers and perceived threats from consumer groups and will remove books from their shelves. Public outrage is a powerful tool, though seldom wisely wielded."

"In 1989, two California school districts banned Grimm's Fairy Tales because Little Red Riding Hood carries food and wine in her basket to grandmother. The reasoning cited concerns about inappropriate use of alcohol."

“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

The feeling one gets when they read a banned book!