24 September 2007

On Monday, October 2 from 3-6pm, there will be a reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the Berkeley Central Library in recognition of Banned Books Week, which is September 29 - October 6. Ry will be signing up to read a passage, as he just finally read this first in the series....without being too scared! He's now moving on to book 2, and writing his first book report at his new school on book 1....so it seems fitting that he should participate. They'll be reading in front of the library with a microphone, so anyone who's interested, just come out, sign up, and read! J.K. Rowling is the 4th most frequently challenged author between 1990 and 2004. A little background from the American Library Association website: "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others." And guess who challenges materials more than any other group? Parents, of course. So, for my part, during Banned Books Week, and beyond, I shall try to live by their motto, shown above.

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