September 28, 2006
Exercise your right to read—without censorship
The last week of September is Banned Books Week.
Ever read a book from the "Harry Potter" series or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"? Then you've read a banned book -- a book taken off of shelves in a classroom or library at one time because people complained about it.
Sometimes, people who want to ban a book get so mad they actually burn copies of it (like in "Pleasantville" and "Footloose").
The American Library Association got more than 400 requests to ban books last year. But most of those requests were unsuccessful, because of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other people who make sure books stay on shelves.
Use this week to support your right to read. Here are some banned books to consider reading this week:
For more information, visit www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/
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