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Crack a spine and celebrate Banned Books Week


Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury is credited with saying, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Keeping that notion in mind, it’s time to read.

That’s because it’s Banned Books Week! Launched in 1982, this annual event encourages readers to celebrate the freedom to read books — books of all sensibilities and genres.

(Flickr: Abee5)

(Flickr: Abee5)

According to Banned Books Week: “More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.”

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Held this year from Sept. 21-27, the week is devoted to the free and unfettered expression of ideas. There are numerous ways you can participate in your part of the country.

If you haven’t done so lately, pick up a book — a book that has been challenged or banned — and read it cover to cover. Reject censorship and support your fellow writers.

You can participate and learn more by visiting




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