Good morning! Today begins Day One of Banned Books Week! It’s maybe my favorite week all year as we celebrate NOT the banning of books, but the right to read freely. Today I’m recycling a post I wrote last year at this time as it relates very closely to my heart about my feelings on banned … Continue reading The Origin of the Library Bill of Rights
I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but today I feel compelled to do so because I have so much in my heart that simply cannot be contained. I was sitting in the waiting room at Mayo Clinic yesterday when my phone pinged with an Associated Press update. Usually I glance at these but don’t pay … Continue reading A Tribute to Harper Lee
Read about the book that sparked so much controversy that The Library Bill of Rights was created to protect the rights of libraries on behalf of all readers
“I went to a couple of places two years ago and I got seven hundred and something hate-mail warnings – ‘We know where you are going to be and we’ll be there waiting for you’, that sort of thing,” says Blume.
As parents, of course we don’t want our children to be disrespectful, but do we really want them to not question something they know is wrong, even if the perpetrator of the wrong-doing is an authority figure?
If To Kill a Mockingbird is a “filthy, trashy novel,” then I’d argue that our country needs a whole lot more “filthy, trashy novels.”
Rebecca Skloot states: “…my book is many things: It’s a story of race and medicine, bioethics, science illiteracy, the importance of education and equality and science and so much more. But it is not anything resembling pornography.”
It is my right to decide what is and is not appropriate reading material for my children.