BANNED BOOKS WEEK (September 26 – October 3, 2009)
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities.
I frequent libraries and I love to browse in bookstores (I really really REALLY miss The Tattered Cover in Denver!).
In my dreams I envision a great local bookstore in a corner of a Seguin Arts Center that houses an art gallery, theatre, coffee shop, upscale restaurant, outside seating areas with lovely foliage and sculpture. Ah – in my dreams . . .
AND I envision a new spacious attractive accessible LIBRARY!
Perhaps . . . this dream . . . in my lifetime . . .
“Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth. It’s hard to leave a bookstore any day of the year, though, because a bookstore is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.” -Jane Smiley
Posted on September 23, 2009, in Books and tagged Banned Books Week, book censorship, fiction, freedom to read, libraries, local bookstores, non fiction, reading, Seguin, Texas, The Tattered Cover. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.