The week of 9.22.13 through 9.28.13 is set aside to bring notice to a growing trend in public and school libraries — pulling literature from circulation based on the actions of a few, not the majority of the public. Since 1982, the American Library Association has put together campaigns to make everyone aware of the circumstances of this form of censorship. Some of the books banned are for minor issues like language that was once accepted but is now objectionable. Instead of personal responsibility, these censors wish to impose their beliefs on everyone. You can read more about this important week at the BANNED BOOK WEEK site.
I don’t believe in censorship of any media. I think it is a parents’ place to make sure their children are consuming appropriate materials. I don’t want someone else telling me what is right for my child, nor do I want to tell anyone what is acceptable for their family. I let my son read, watch, listen to anything he wanted with a few important guidelines in place. I reviewed and discussed with him the media he was consuming. He turned out more advanced, making better choices and incredibly responsible for those decisions.
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This book came in at number three on the challenged list last year.
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