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Hurray! It’s Banned Books Week!
Hurray! It’s Banned Books Week!

“30 Years of Liberating Literature”

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012

Banned Books Week is an annual observance from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) that celebrates the First Amendment right of the freedom to read. During Banned Books Week, libraries, schools, and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by hosting special events, exhibits and read-outs.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration, and to commemorate this milestone anniversary, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is coordinating a “50 State Salute to Banned Books Week.” The “50 State Salute” will be the highlight of the second annual Virtual Read-Out, and will consist of videos from library leaders from across the country proclaiming the importance of the freedom to read.

Also celebrated during Banned Books Week is Banned Websites Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Sponsored by the ALA’s American Association of School Libraries (AASL), Banned Websites Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.

Virtual Read-Out

For the second year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate in the 30th anniversary celebration by demonstrating their support for free speech in a Virtual Read-Out.