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Banned Books Week Goes Virtual
ALA announced that this year’s Banned Books Week will be held virtually Sept. 27–Oct. 3. Its theme is Censorship Is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read. “The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has documented threats to intellectual freedom during the pandemic, including a community member who advocated for erotic literature e-books to be banned from the local library; a petition that demanded virtual Drag Queen Story Times be canceled at the library; and the removal of two award-winning books that address police violence and racial discrimination from a required-reading list.”
OIF is promoting a different action for each day of the week:
- Sunday: Read a banned book
- Monday: Speak out about censorship
- Tuesday: Create something unrestricted
- Wednesday: Express the freedom to read in style
- Thursday: Write about your rights
- Friday: Watch, listen, and learn from others
- Saturday: Thank those who defend the freedom to read every day of the year
“On Sept. 29, SAGE Publishing and OIF will host the free webinar ‘COVID-19 and Academic Censorship,’ which will address e-books, internet control, and open data. The free webinar is limited to the first 1,000 guests.”
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