Banned Books Week Kits Available from ABA

Again this year, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will be a sponsor of Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of First Amendment rights. In 2002, over 1,000 independent booksellers and 2,500 libraries participated. (Participating booksellers report that Banned Books Week is one of their customersí favorite promotions!)†

Normally, ABFFE makes Banned Books Week kits available for free to all members of the American Booksellers Association who request it. The kit includes three posters and a list of books that were challenged in 2002-3. The kits may be ordered from the American Library Association for $29. †

In 2002, over 1,000 independent booksellers and 2,500 libraries participated in Banned Books Week. Many bookstores and libraries across the nation joined in the celebration with displays and readings of books that have been banned or threatened throughout history, from the Bible to Little Red Riding Hood to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

The event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted, noted Judith Krug, director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. "The ability to read, speak, think, and express ourselves freely are core American values," said Krug in a press statement. "We hope Banned Books Week helps to remind Americans of the importance of our freedom at a time when freedoms are being eroded in the United States. Now -- more than ever -- we must let freedom read."

In addition to ABFFE & ALA, the sponsors of Banned Books Week are the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the†Library of Congress.