Wednesday, October 3, 2007

free to read, read to be free

just in case you missed it, the american library association has designated september 29-october 6 as 'banned books week.' one of the local libraries I haunt had a display of some of the books that have been targeted over the years, on each book was a 'post-it' providing the 'reason' the book was on the list. it is simply amazing to see what books have been deemed 'subversive' and why. not too surprisingly it appears I have a fondness for these 'challenged' books.

completely without intention, but in the spirit of cosmic synchronicity, the book my bookgroup is currently reading is on the list. according to the 'post-it' the awakening by kate chopin is deemed as "inappropriate" by some group of pointed-head twits.

celebrate banned books week and read a banned book!

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) poet, musician,
cartoonist & all around renaissance man

pictures: top- cleveland's west park library; bottom-tom otterness' bronze figures in the eastman reading garden of the main cleveland public library.


Unknown said...

I knew I bought Slaughterhouse Five for a reason.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

This is always one of my favorite commemorative weeks and a good reminder of why the First Amendment is important. It also a time the librarians remind us that they aren't as prim as they appear.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

right on! or should I say write on!

Anonymous said...

I've got a number of posts on Banned Books Month (we're taking a whole month at Avon Lake Public Library) including an annotated list of staff favorites, a cartoon, a video and a contest to win one of 25 "I Read Banned Books @ Avon Lake Public Library" t-shirts (check out the photo), all at

Cindy, a very non-prim librarian