Its Banned Book week

October 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Banned Books Week 2009 – Books Too Gay or Too Dangerous for the Public

Banned Books Week 2009 - Books Too Gay or Too Dangerous for the Public

It’s Banned Books Week, an annual that, according to the American Library Association (ALA), celebrates “the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment”. It aims to highlight the dangers of censorship and attempts to draw attention to any calls to ban books within the USA.

What do we mean by banning a book? The ALA categorizes it as the following:

A ban placed on a book completely removes it from the shelves of the bookstore/district library/school library where the challenge was made and in some rare occasions this can have state wide impact.

A challenge in this instance refers to not one complaint, or even just a few, but a formal protest made by a group against a specific title filed with the library or store.
So Which Books Face Calls for a Ban or Restrictions?

For a list of LGBT themed books that are frequently protested against or have received local bans, please click here.

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