Next Sunday kicks off Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019). It’s an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Books can allow you to travel without taking a step. Books can allow you to meet people who were gone before you came to be. Books can tell you about the past and how to navigate your future. There are so many books because there are so many different interests. If a book doesn’t appeal to you, that doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t be allowed to read it.
Spend this week thinking about it, so next week you can educate others and find out how to prevent this from happening.