Monday, September 22, 2008

UNT Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

Sept. 27-Oct. 4 – Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (BBW) will be celebrated September 27–October 4, 2008. Observed since 1982, this annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Every year, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas polls all Texas school districts to compile the list of the banned books in the state. In partnership with TLA, the ACLU of Texas promotes the Banned Books report to inform the public of statewide challenges to reading materials.

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.

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