Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Banned Book Week!

Pull out your fire extinguishers!

Every year in September we celebrate Banned Book Week to honor all the books that have been censored, argued against, removed from libraries, generally frowned up and sometimes even burned.

Books that have made the list include:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Forever by Judy Blume
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

For a more complete list of banned books, click here.

Join us this Saturday night (October 3) at 7 pm for an adult storytime! We'll drink wine and read some of our favorite banned books.

In the meantime, enjoy reading the Banned Book Manifesto, written by Ellen Hopkins (author of Crank, Glass). It'll give you chill bumps and make you raise your fist against book bannings everywhere.


To you zealots and bigots and false
patriots who live in fear of discourse.
You screamers and banners and burners
who would force books
off shelves in your brand name
of greater good.

You say you’re afraid for children,
innocents ripe for corruption
by perversion or sorcery on the page.
But sticks and stones do break
bones, and ignorance is no armor.
You do not speak for me,
and will not deny my kids magic
in favor of miracles.

You say you’re afraid for America,
the red, white and blue corroded
by terrorists, socialists, the sexually
confused. But we are a vast quilt
of patchwork cultures and multi-gendered
identities. You cannot speak for those
whose ancestors braved
different seas.

You say you’re afraid for God,
the living word eroded by Muhammed
and Darwin and Magdalene.
But the omnipotent sculptor of heaven
and earth designed intelligence.
Surely you dare not speak
for the father, who opens
his arms to all.

A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.
— Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank and newly published Tricks
Banned Books Week.
Fight With Us.
September 26-October 3

--Krista Gilliam

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