Today marks the beginning of The American Library Association’s thirty-first annual Banned Book Week. The week will include both live and virtual read-outs and a Twitter party.
On Monday, September 23rd the Beaverton Public Library will hold a read out from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM where patrons are encourage to read a line from their favorite banned book.
Libraries and organizations are encouraged to tape reading from banned book and upload it to the official youtube page. Participants in the read out must fill out an entry form. Celebrity participants in the virtual read-out include, Molly Ringwald, author of When It Happens to You and James Meek, author The Heart Broke In.
Those readers who wish to participate in the Twitter party can go on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern Time, or Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Eastern and tweet something about banned books using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. And or #bannedbookparty, #heroes, @OIF, @KidsRight2Read, @freadom, @FTRF.
According to the Library Associations statistic the most common reason books are challenged is because of sexual content. The most common person to challenge library books are concerned parents.