BB Week Hits the Big Three-Oh: BB Week #5
There is something about hitting 30 that makes one sit up and say, “Okay, let’s get serious about this.” Birthdays, marriages, and events take on that seriously, folks, tone. And so it is with Banned Books Week. This year marks its thirtieth and with that triple decade mark here are three commemorative aspects of BB Week.
1. Did your state participate? The American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom coordinated a “50 State Salute.” Check out the video and the following details to see how your state participated. For more information: www.ala.org/bbook
Banned Books Week Video Map: Click on a state to view the BB video
2. Take a good look at the of the last thirty years to see what books were challenged, banned, or censored and for what reason.
3. For the second year in a row readers who know the value of being free to read [I call them Book Boosters (see the masthead link to sign up)] can promote the importance of reading by posting a two-minute video of yourself reading. These videos will be featured on a special Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. For details on how to create your reading video, click here.
Banned Books Week: The Need to Read–it’s about choice and having the right to make it
Bookmans, a bookstore in Arizona makes this clear in their BB Week video: