Feb 16, 2007
Fahrenheit 451: Banned Books: Take the Banned Book Challenge
The only good thing to come out of the censorship and book-banning campaign by the anti-gay hate group, the so-called “LOVE” group, is people are reading some quality literature and classic American novels. The books being challenged by the group are hard to come by at the Howell Carnegie District Library and area bookstores.
I ran across an excellent blog on banned books and censorship operated by Pelham Public Library in Fonthill, Ontario, and they have heard of our plight here in Howell. As part of Freedom to Read Week that begins Feb. 26, the blog is urging people to “Take the Banned Book Challenge.”
They are asking people to set a goal to read as many banned or challenged books as you wish between Feb. 26 and June 30, 2007. Readers can visit the Pelham Public Library’s Fahrenheit 451: Banned Book Blog to set your goal and report on your progress with an online form.
With the online form they plan to generate a report, and they will likely do a weekly entry on who is registered using first names only to protect readers. Lot of libraries and school districts visit the blog regularly.
As people read, they can go back to the form and report their progress by giving the title and they can tell what they liked about the book or why they thought it was banned. A final report will be posted at the end of June.
Basically, it’s a global book club for banned and challenged books. The blog owner told me this is the first time they have tried this, so there may be some glitches.
If you don’t know what book to read, the blog lists all of the banned and challenged books.