Monday, April 13, 2009

Banned Books Week

I am sorry to report that Judith Krug, head of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and founder of Banned Books Week (BBW) passed away on Saturday following a long struggle with cancer.

In case you have not heard of it, BBW, which takes place during the last week of September each year, celebrates intellectual freedom by calling attention to the many books that continue to be banned or challenged in the United States every year.

Some of our students' most beloved authors, such as Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Kevin Henkes, Lois Lowry and Lauren Myracle have made the top 10 in recent years. See the ALA website for additional information.

BBW reminds us not to take our freedom to read, think, discuss - and to decide for ourselves - for granted!

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