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Spotlight on a Banned Books Week Hero: Tony Diaz, Librotraficante

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 16:07 -- Nanette Perez

It takes courage to protect intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. To that end, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have identified outstanding individuals and groups who have stood up to defend their freedom to read by honoring them with the title Heroes of Banned Books Week.

Today we feature Tony Diaz. In 2012, Tony Diaz headed the Librotraficante Caravan to Smuggle Banned Books back into Arizona.

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Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-out

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 14:55 -- Nanette Perez

Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the censorship of books in schools and libraries.

Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants tops the frequently challenged books list of 2012

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 14:06 -- Nanette Perez

 The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2012 as part of the State of America's Library Report on Monday, April 15. Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series ranked #1, having been challenged for "offensive language" and "unsuited to age group." Captain Underpants also appeared on the Top Ten lists in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

Stephen Chbosky for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 11:14 -- Nanette Perez

During Banned Books Week, we will feature videos from the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Today, we present the highly acclaimed and banned/challenged author Stephen Chbosky. Chbosky's book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has appeared on the top ten most frequently challenged books list numerous times over the past several years for drug use, being anti-family, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexual explicitness, suicide, and being unsuited to age group.

Bill Moyers Calls Out Book Censorship

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 15:49 -- Nanette Perez

Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the importance of the freedom to read. Both Bill and Judith Davidson Moyers were named Honorary Co-Chairs of this year’s celebration, September 30-October 6.


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