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Banned Books Week 2013: One Teen's View

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Libraries are an essential part of our culture because they grant everyone access to books and media that are expensive or unavailable otherwise. Libraries form a community and encourage others to read. They are a vital support for those who wish to learn and a resource for all ages. Books can be anything you’re looking for, or something completely unexpected. They can be friends, teachers, a hiding place, or a way to express who you are. Books open a gate to other cultures, build a path to other worlds, take you back to your roots, and then lead you home, a slightly different person. I believe that books are a necessary way to explore the limits of imagination.

When a book is banned, it doesn’t protect people from bad ideas, it locks the door to a separate story. People shouldn’t be able to define “good” and “evil” for everyone else*. It’s your own job to establish your morals and values, and everyone has to do this themselves. Forcing your own on someone else is like taking away their opportunity to be their own person. People should be free to warn others and discourage them from reading certain books, because that’s free speech, and some may heed that. But they should be free to form their own opinions, whether they agree or not.

*This leads on to ethics, agreed-on morals, and global consensus. I will leave my rant about this untyped and simply thought.

–Opinion post by Lexie, 15, West Seattle teen volunteer

Teen Space @ Southwest

Teen SpaceNeed a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space @ Southwest. This month we’ll be creating temporary tattoos with henna and creating a display for the library for Banned Books week. Of course, we’ll have our regular line up of Teen Space activities: snacks, games, art, books, and conversation, too.

Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm @ Southwest.

Henna, art, food, conversation, mystifying fellow library-goers with a display.

What’s not to like?

Banned Books Week Countdown: 1: What My Mother Doesn't Know

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
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Banned Books Week Countdown: 2: Alice series

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
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Banned Books Week Countdown: 3: ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
Continue reading

Banned Books Week Countdown: 4: The Hunger Games


We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
Continue reading

Banned Books Week Countdown: 5: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
Continue reading