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Saturday, September 25, 2010


Hi there, insatiable readers!

Today is the day to be a rebel.
Rock on with your bad self.
Leave the light on in a room that you've left.
Why am I encouraging you to do "bad" things?
Well, if you haven't heard, today is the official start of the...


That's right!
This is the official week to celebrate the reading rebel in you.
You may (or may not) be surprised by the number of books that make it on the challenged list each year, and for the various reasons.  Here is a partial view of this year's challenged book list, and the ones that are, were, or will be in my own reading list ...

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
(sexual material and homosexual themes)
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
(too racy)


House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
(sexual content and nudity)
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
(sexual content and nudity)


Nickel and Dimed : On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
(promotes economic fallacies)


Even a version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, if you can believe it, made the ban for defining a sexually oriented phrase...and the list goes on.  In support of Banned Books Week, I am making the choice to add one more "banned" title to my "read" list....To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which made the list due to its language use....and making my support of this yearly event known through the ALA BBAW Proclamation...


WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and

WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others; and

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and

WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and

WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and

WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and

WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and

WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and

WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and

WHEREAS, the American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and

WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that SATISFACTION FOR INSATIABLE READERS celebrates the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2010, and be it further

RESOLVED, that SATISFACTION FOR INSATIABLE READERS encourages all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further

RESOLVED, that SATISFACTION FOR INSATIABLE READERS encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.



Date:  SEPTEMBER 25th, 2010


So break out those fresh bookmarks, and grab a book from the list...or share your reading adventure with one of the titles listed.
...and that's the beauty of reading, is it not?

Until next time...happy reading!


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

You go, girl!

I too am going to check out some of these "challenged: titles. I was just poking around the website this morning. I'm also going to check out what my library is doing for this week, since I work today!

have fun being a rebel.!

Kathy Martin said...

Thumbs up from me! I believe in the freedom to read! Happy reading.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

yay for reading banned books!

....Petty Witter said...

Here, here. Well said Gina.

Alexia561 said...

Rock on!

GMR said...

Thanks for the support everyone! Happy reading!

Michelle: Sounds good! Would love to hear what they are doing locally...

Kathy Martin: Yay! Right on!

Carrie: ^_^

Petty Witter: Thanks!

Alexia561: You know it! ^_^

The1stdaughter said...

Wahoo! Gotta love Banned Books Week with Twilight on the list, just cracked me up when I saw it. People are so funny. Great post though, it's so important to read and allow others the freedom to read what they want as well.

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