September 30, 2012-October 6, 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, and will be celebrated as a part of UNC’s Fourth Annual First Amendment Day on October 2, 2012. Banned Books Week began as a reaction to the rapid increase in books that were challenged in educational facilities, bookstores, and libraries. The American Library Association (ALA) seeks to “promote the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular….” The Office for Intellectual Freedom, a subset of the ALA, tracks and records challenges to books, and subsequently seeks to honor the First Amendment protected Freedom of Speech through Banned Books Week each year.
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| Posted by Demitra M. Sourlis on Mon. October 1, 2012 9:46 AM
Categories: Banned Books Week, First Amendment Day