Banned Books Week Day 5: News, Views & Video

Banned Books Week

New Jersey librarian Dee Venuto writes about her experience with censorship at I Love Libraries today: “Taking a Stand: The Value of Going Public”

Lauren Myracle discusses engaging rather than dismissing would-be censors in a great piece for The Guardian: Building bridges with the book-banners

The Christian Science Monitor suggests “5 books almost anyone might want to burn” and wonders if intellectual freedom fighters are simply paying “lip service” to the First Amendment by defending “relatively innocuous” books (note to CSM: we aren’t!).

Other items of note:

Tomorrow is the extended deadline for the Banned Books Week Machinima contest in Second Life.  Tomorrow is also the Banned Books Week Trivia Game Show!

The Banned Books Week Facebook page reached 25,000 fans today – an uptick of over 5,000 in just two weeks!

The Syracuse New Times gives a great overview of the importance of Banned Books Week, citing the controversy around Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

And Time covers the Ellen Hopkins/Humble, TX ISD situation in Texas: If You Can’t Ban Books, Ban Authors.

Finally, here is a great video from the Dayton Metro Library (one of the recipients of the Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants): A Flood Tide of Filth.  Enjoy!