Q: What is Pam's favorite time of year?
A: Banned Books Week!
Every year the American Library Association, along with American Booksellers Association, sponsors Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read, and to educate about the consequences of censorship. The American Library Association records book challenges reported to them by schools and libraries. They receive about 500 reports per year, and estimate that for every challenge reported 4 go unreported. For the past several years I have been creating displays in my library of books that have been challenged. I often get comments from students who are surprised to find their "favorite book" on the list, or stunned that one of the books they read as a child is on the "hit list."
This year Banned Books Week runs from September 26 through October 3.
See my Banned Books Week webpage for more information.