This is â€œBanned Books Week.â€ Letâ€™s all take a minute to celebrate that in the good olâ€™ US of A we donâ€™t ban books! Why, then, have a â€œBanned Books Week,â€ you ask?
In honor of freedom of the press and freedom of speech, the American Library Association wants to take this week to proclaim that there are people who complain about what books and videos are in their libraries. To make the â€œBanned Booksâ€ list all that is required is that someone somewhere has questioned the placement of a book in a library.
We should realize as good Americans that the only persons qualified to choose which books are â€œinâ€ and which books are not are the librarians.
Clearly censorship is alive and well, at least in my community. Why, a quick spin on Amazon.com would reveal thousands of books our local librarians do not want us to read!
The librarians who are proudest of their own strategic censorship are the ones who shelve Books in Print. A quick perusal of this compared to their local card catalog or computer equivalent makes it clear our librarians are choosy, choosy, choosy.
So if you find a book that is in your local library and you donâ€™t think it should be, or if you find an erotic thriller shelved in the childrenâ€™s section and think it inappropriate, You better get an MLS degree before you say anything, otherwise you are BANNING BOOKS!