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Beware of Book September 17, 2009

Posted by mplibrary in @ your library.

These “dangerous” books in a cage illustrate what happens when books are banned:  our freedoms are curtailed.  Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 3, 2009 by viewing this exhibit of books people have tried to keep others from reading.

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Some examples:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

1984 by George Orwell

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama

Thanks to Brenda Jaquish for this riveting display.



1. Dan Kleinman - September 17, 2009

You are a college library. Why are you misleading people? No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See “National Hogwash Week.”

Also see “US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books,” by Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse [AFP], 6 September 2009.

Given “American Library Association Shamed,” by Nat Hentoff, Laurel Leader-Call, 2 March 2007, I ask anyone reading this to explain why the ALA views book burnings, bannings, and jailed librarians in Cuba as NOT censorship, and why people legally keeping children from inappropriate material IS censorship.

Why does the ALA not only refuse to assist jailed Cuban librarians, but go further and actually thwart efforts by others to assist them? Why should members of the public consider the ALA to be authoritative on the definition of what is censorship in local public libraries?

Indeed, why should local libraries care one whit about an organization actively blocking efforts to assist jailed and beaten Cuban librarians and associated censorship and book burnings?

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