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Friday, August 21, 2009

Site tracks banned books on Google map

A Google map on the Banned Books Week Web site shows more than 120 book challenges that have occurred across the country since 2007.
Are some parts of the United States more prone to censorship than others? Not according to a new map of book censorship incidents that has just been posted on the official Web site of Banned Books Week, www.bannedbooksweek.org. The Google map displays more than 120 book challenges--from Maine to Florida and from Long Island, New York, to San Francisco--that have occurred since the beginning of 2007, http://www.bannedbooksweeks.org.

The map is drawn from cases documented by the American Library Association and the Kids' Right to Read Project, which is sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

The Banned Books Week Web site was launched last year to highlight the displays and events that are mounted by hundreds of bookstores and libraries during Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It includes a state by state listing to help people find displays and events in their area. This year's Banned Books Week will be celebrated from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.
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2 comments:

SafeLibraries said...

No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

Charles N. Davis said...

Indeed, actual bans don't happen, thanks at least in part to the efforts of librarians to temper the censors....