Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

While the Bus is in for service I've got some extra time for one of my favorite pastimes. This is a perfect opportunity to visit your local library and read a good book.

From the American Library Association –
“Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”


Anonymous Ray said...

Hear, hear! Great to see that you share another of my own passions. When I was growing up, it was thanks to my local library that I first heard Woody Guthrie, pored over Paul Oliver's books on the blues, read Walt Whitman and Alan Ginsberg, etc etc etc. I can't imagine what my life would have been like without it.

October 01, 2008 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ed, Yes, am reading the OBBus to see how you're doing.

all thoughts fly... k.

October 05, 2008 3:56 AM  
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..just so long as you're not encouraging children to learn how to read the financial papers...

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