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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015!

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:44 -- admin
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Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation and the world.

Apply now for 2015 Banned Books Week grants via FTRF's Krug Fund

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 13:41 -- admin
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Applications are open for the 2015 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 27–October 3, 2015).

Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 1, 2015.

Help Us Make Banned Books Week Better!

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:27 -- admin
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Banned Books Week 2014 may be over, but we are already hard at work planning Banned Books Week 2015. And, we want to make it better than ever!

We need your help to make this happen.

We have created a short, 15-question survey, and we want to know your thoughts. Your input and feedback will help us develop better resources, more engaging events, and stronger communications.

MIDWEEK ROUND UP: BANNED BOOKS WEEK ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:18 -- admin
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We are already halfway through Banned Books Week, and the response has been overwhelming! There have been so many events, articles, and conversations that it's hard to keep up. Once again the creativity of those marking this occasion continues to impress.Here are just a few standouts:

  • Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, the number one most banned book in 2013, created this video on banning books.

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Booksellers Kick Off Banned Books Week

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:15 -- admin
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Booksellers around the country have joined with librarians, publishers, writers, teachers and other advocates of the freedom to read in kicking off the latest celebration of Banned Books Week.  Hundreds have created displays of banned and challenged titles, and many have organized events.  Books Inc., an independent bookseller in San Francisco, has released a video as part of its program of events.  On Friday, two booksellers from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, helped

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HERE! CELEBRATE BANNED BOOKS WEEK!

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:13 -- admin
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Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals across the country are fighting back against censorship and saying yes to their right to read.

From September 21st to September 27th, hundreds of events are happening in local communities and thousands of conversations are taking place online. Don’t miss either. Below are just a few ways you can get involved.

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Censorship in Libraries and Classrooms: Myths and Realities

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:09 -- admin
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This post was written by Donald Parker, a former high school social studies teacher, a longtime ACLU member, and co-coordinator of the Long Island Coalition against Censorship (which was active from 1982 to 2010). It will soon by published by Anton Newspapers, a chain of local weeklies on Long Island. 

Many popular perceptions of censorship are myths and should be challenged.

Myth - Censorship occurs primarily in states that would be associated with right-wing conservative views often identified as the “Bible Belt.”

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