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Banning books

Although it’s still two months away, recent news stories reflect the importance of Banned Books Week, scheduled the last week of September. The handbook for the event includes both a list of banned and challenged books and the stories behind some of this year’s efforts.

Here’s some of the books appearing in the latter:

Strikes me that these are books you would expect to find in a quality library.


Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don’t discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s stupid. Banning books shows you don’t trust your kids to think and you don’t trust yourself to be able to talk to them.

Anna Quindlen, New York Times, April 27, 1993

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