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Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read | Robert P. Doyle
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Provides a framework for understanding censorship and the protections guaranteed to us through the first amendment. Interpretations of the uniquely American notion of freedom of expression -- and our freedom to read what we choose -- are supplemented by straightforward, easily accessible information that will inspire further exploration.
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I know several #littens have shared the news of this Missouri bill proposing holding funds from libraries and imprisoning librarians. This rep released a statement that confirmed his bigotry and attacked #DragQueen Story Hours. There is a petition at this link by the good people at #EveryLibrary. Please sign if you can. This has to be stopped. #Censorship #BannedBooks


dgingo Signed! What madness! 7d
jen_the_scribe Signed! That's crazy to me! 7d
GingerAntics Signed! That is disturbing. How is that even constitutional?! 7d
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Bookzombie Signed! This is insane! 7d
Lcsmcat Signed. Thanks for posting this. I‘ve been looking for a way to take action ever since I heard about this. 7d
Scochrane26 Done 7d
mrsmarch Done ✅ 7d
Jas16 7d
LauraJ Thanks for sharing this! 🤗 7d
goodbyefrancie @BookishMarginalia Have you seen this petition? 7d
goodbyefrancie @GingerAntics It isn't. The Constitution seems to get treated as optional these days. It's insane. 7d
GingerAntics Fair point. It seems optional everywhere...everyday. 🙄 7d
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Using one of my favorite coffee mugs this Banned Books Week!
I am forever surprised when I read articles and see what books appear on the frequently challenged lists -not sure if I should use the 😢 or 😠 emoji?
What is your favorite banned book?

MoBee Kite Runner, I think it's on the list for some reason 4mo
Patchshank Anything by Vonnegut. I think most of his books have been challenged at one time or another. 4mo
JulAnna @MoBee Yes, it is and it is one of my favorites too! 4mo
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JulAnna @Patchshank I have never read any Vonnegut-suggestion for where to start? 4mo
Patchshank @JulAnna His Two most famous books are Slaughter House Five and Cat's Cradle. My personal favorite is Timequake. If you just want to dip your toes in he has several short story collections. 4mo
Ericalambbrown Judy Bloom books. They were always banned when I was I kid and my parents didn‘t allow me to read them. I snuck them or would read them at friends houses. They were my first experience of thinking for myself and learning to form my own opinions about things. 4mo
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In case you needed any ideas for Banned Books week! I found this in The Joy of Children‘s Literature by Denise Johnson! 😊📚

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#Bannedbookweek. What's your favorite banned book??📚📚💕😍

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Today kicks off #BannedBooksWeek which reminds me it's been about a year since I updated my profile pic. Might need to get on that soon 😜

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Spotted while out book shopping today. #bannedbooksmonth

13North Woaa! 4mo
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Because a week isn‘t long enough, I put up banned and challenged books on both children‘s display areas to encourage people to read banned books all month long.

SharonAlger You rebel! I love this. 5mo
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Because a week isn‘t long enough, I put up banned and challenged books on both children‘s display areas to encourage people to read banned books all month long.

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“READ BANNED BOOKS.” Loving my newest bookish tee. #modcloth #bookishtee

rmaclean4 So cute. 8mo
britt_brooke @rmaclean4 Thanks!! 🥰 8mo
ephemeralwaltz Very awesome! 8mo
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
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My first Readathon participation. Not a stellar performance, but a well-intended effort nonetheless. Five hours allowed the completion of a reread of Animal Farm and a formidable indent of Brave New World. This was fun, but I was easily distracted & sucked into other activities...maybe because it is a 3 day holiday weekend. We had company. We had plans for annual festivals. Yeah, excuses...I know. One thing for sure, a lot of Littens rocked it 💯!

Nute #24B4Monday #MayMadness Application: Spark Post 8mo
MoniqueReads305 That's a great attempt. Good job. I never reach the whole 24 hours but I look the dent it puts in my reading. 8mo
Nute @MoniqueReads305 Agreed! I didn‘t really have a goal, but I somehow thought I would do better. I think that I need a quieter weekend. Not only is it a three day holiday weekend, it is also the first warm weather weekend in my neck of the woods. And the welcome of summer. AND garden planting weekend. Oh my! I was doomed from the start!😜 8mo
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Andrew65 That‘s a great time for a first effort, and given the busy weekend. Gives you a time to build on next month. Thanks for taking part and well done. 👏👏👏 (edited) 8mo
TheReadingMermaid All things considered I think you did a fantastic job! So congratulations to you sweetheart 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
rretzler Great job! Two excellent picks for your books - two of my favorites! 8mo
Clwojick You still did great! Sometimes the time just gets away from you, and you end up having a much busier weekend than you originally planned. 🧡 8mo
AnansiGirl Good job nevertheless with your busy schedule 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
TheSpineView Considering though had company, that is a great total. 8mo
Nute @Andrew65 Thanks you for the kind words and encouragement. Hopefully, I will do better next time around!😊 8mo
Nute @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick @AnansiGirl @TheSpineView Thank you for the kind words. I feel incredibly motivated for the next effort because of each of you! 8mo
Nute @rretzler Agreed...really good books. Timeless messages on so many levels! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘 8mo
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Hey guys, some of you are ahead of the game and have already done this... but this weeks #minichallenge is to share a stack of any #BannedBooks you own!

#maymadness @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

lover.of.the.classics May I ask why these are “banned books”? 8mo
TheReadingMermaid @lover.of.the.classics there is different reasons behind each book that has been banned. I would look them up on the American Library Association page. They have more detailed descriptions of why they are banned on that website. 8mo
Samplergal Part of my downsizing is getting rid of physical books. That said, I really only have To Kill a Mockingbird left in my banned books. I won‘t part with it. 8mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve seen the ridiculous reasons for banning books but I still wonder what someone found objectionable about Where‘s Waldo. That‘s really odd. 8mo
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So I know a lot of you have been doing this already but we wanted to see your banned books!

This week's #MiniChallenge for #MayMadness is to post your stack of (or your favorite) banned books!!!

@Clwojick @RadicalReader

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A few of my favorite #bannedbooks for #MayMadness #Recommendsday.

sarahbarnes Great list! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid Awesome 👍 8mo
RadicalReader I love A Light in the Attic just recently found out another of my favorites had been banned multiple times 8mo
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AnfG Ha these books were banned? Gone with the wind, really!? 8mo
wanderinglynn @RadicalReader 👍🏻 it‘s crazy what books have been banned. 8mo
wanderinglynn @AnfG Most classics have been banned at one time or another. It‘s crazy, but true. 8mo
AnfG @wanderinglynn amazing honestly. I don't get why this happens. Let it be, it's all a part of human history we should not be trying to remove it 8mo
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With Memorial Day giving me a four day weekend off, these are the #BannedBooks I‘d like to get read through week 4 of #MayMadness and the #24B4MONDAY readathon. There‘s a possibility that Of Mice and Men, and A Clockwork Orange will join the party depending on how much progress I make.

#TuesdayTBR #BannedBooksEdition @Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love this book, a quick but impactful read. 8mo
Andrew65 A Wrinkle in Time banned, I ask you!!!!!! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 LMAO 😂😂😂 8mo
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marleed I read Lord of the Flies as a 7th grader and before video or cable networks geared for youth. At the time I thought it shocking and it greatly impacted my caution of group-think. 8mo
Andrew65 @marleed It is a seminal piece of work. 8mo
marleed @Andrew65 i wonder if it would have the same impact to a 13 yr old today since many are exposed to violence through technology and games avail today. 8mo
AnansiGirl @Andrew65 what I‘ve learned is that AWIT was banned or challenged for promoting occult/witchcraft/New Age beliefs, the inclusion of Buddha, Einstein and other figures alongside Jesus undermines the Christian faith, and that the author mixes science and religion. (edited) 8mo
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The #bannedbooks I‘ll be reading this week so excited!! @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid #MayMadness

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It‘s time to enjoy one of the guilty pleasures in life by opening up and enjoying some beautifully banned books come and join us #BannedBooks #MayMadness

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Okay guys it's time for some #BannedBooks reading!

#MayMadness @Clwojick @RadicalReader


One last link to some #BannedBooks to give you some inspiration for this weeks #MayMadness challenge!


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Here‘s a #ListChallenge link so you can test how many of these banned books you‘ve read, and also do you can have some inspiration to read more Banned books this week!


#MayMadness @TheReadingMermaid @RadicalReader

Samplergal Only 39! Ouch. 8mo
wanderinglynn 44. About 6 or 7 others I‘ve seen adaptations but not read the book. Another dozen is currently sitting at my house in the TBR stack! 😂 8mo
UnabridgedPod I got 74. (And I taught several of them!) 8mo
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tammysue I got 37 8mo
Mem_ugh Only 68 8mo
Kimberlone I‘ve read 43, which I feel is pretty good since there are many books on that list I really have no interest in reading anyway 8mo
SaturnDoo 63 books...a lot of them were required reading for me in jr high, high school and college ☺ 8mo
Patchshank 34. A few are on my TBR, but most I have no interest in reading. A lot of them I read in school. Didn't know they were banned or challenged. 8mo
rretzler 42 (good number!) I never had to read the classics in school, so these all books I‘ve read on my own. There are several that I will never read (I‘m talking about you, James Joyce), but many that I intend to eventually read. 8mo
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jb72 Nice theme! But I think they could do better with the logo. 9mo
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I‘ve received some nice Litsy mail this week! Thanks @phatsallylee @Stacypatrice @Kdgordon88 @iread2much @CareBear and @Jas16 thanks for the button too! I picked up some fun cards this weekend, so I‘m enjoying some letter writing tonight 😊💌

Jas16 ❤️ 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💌🙌🏻 10mo
Stacypatrice 💛😁 10mo
iread2much Yay! I love that thank you note, so cool to find a book themed one! 10mo
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I‘m sure many of you Littens own at least one of @outofprint ‘s Banned Books items ❤️. Well this morning over breakfast I got to wondering how many I‘ve read from what‘s on my mug! Made a list of all 51 books on it, and I‘ve already read 32. Some others are currently in my TBR.

I‘m thinking this might be a good (informal) reading challenge for myself in 2019! Anyone want to do this also 😊?

Many are also #1001Books

OriginalCyn620 I have this mug! I need to do the same and see how many I‘ve read. 😊 13mo
wordslinger42 James & the Giant Peach was banned?! 13mo
LeahBergen I have the socks! 😄 13mo
Lynnsoprano I‘ve never looked at this list. Maybe this could be a source of our buddy read. 13mo
Liz_M What a fun idea! ☺ 13mo
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#TrickyCat takes a nap on our #bannedbooks @outofprint tote bag — 🥰

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8 Total
6 Picture Books
1 Nonfiction/Libretto
1 Audio
I didn‘t do that well this month because Insomnia. More about that here: https://matchlessmarie.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/september-reads-the-month-of-the... #ReadingResolutions #SeptemberStats

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I'm just gonna leave this here 😍📚

rather_be_reading 👏👏👏😍😍😍 1y
Cubanmommy95 🙌🙌 1y
Puredragonstar 😋😍😍😍 1y
Cathythoughts 😂😂😂 1y
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My sister @LitDrivenGirl made this awesome sign for the bookstore's banned books display! Brandon and I enjoyed looking like reading trouble makers. 😉😎 #istandwiththebanned #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

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This is what I‘m reading for #bannedbooksweek How are you celebrating your freedom to read?

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This was live earlier today on Facebook if you care to watch.

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Banned books week is my favorite week

thereadingowlvina Love this! 🤗 1y
zzz Very cool display 👍 1y
Carolhreads I love this!! 1y
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I hope you all are having a happy Banned Books Week! Which banned books have you read in honor of this wonderful week? 😃
Here's a link for the American Library Association banned books list:

#BannedBooks #BannedBooksWeek

Nebklvr Reading Faulkner 1y
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From the A Mighty Girl Facebook page.

The name of the creator of this display and the library where it‘s located are at the top of the photo.

And another thing. Those dingbats protesting Winnie the Pooh with all their “spiritual” knowledge must have forgotten about Balaam and his talking, heroic donkey.

I love that donkey.


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It's Banned Book Week! Cozy up with your favorite piece of scandalous literature! 😉

readordierachel Love those! 1y
readinginthedark @readordierachel They're my favorites! I got them in a Litsy swap, but I can't remember which one. 1y
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It‘s Banned Book Week and each year our Library does a trivia contest to celebrate. So come on #Litsy, Read Banned Books!

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This week is Banned Books week. Here‘s the display I helped put together for our library.

Well-ReadNeck That‘s fabulous! 1y
tammysue 😍 1y
LiteraryinLititz Great display! 1y
Libby1 Well done. It is excellent! 1y
readinginthedark ❤❤❤ 1y
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In honor of #bannedbooksweek here are a few of the ones I have. Here are some banned and challenged 📚

#bannedbooks #ilikebannedbooks #ireadbannedbooks

zzz Great stack there👍 1y
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Our small display for Banned Books Week 🤓

Samplergal Yay for banned books! Proud to have read most of those! 1y
NHLibrarian @Samplergal Same! And I wish we had a bigger table. 1y
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Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association. 😊

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I read banned books, and I always want to know why they were banned. There are 2 banned books that stand out to me as the most ridiculous: 1) Junie B. Jones books were challenged/banned because Junie doesn't always do what she's supposed to, and she doesn't use proper grammar. 2) Lord of the Flies was banned at one point because of its violence, and the belief that people needed something lighter to read.
@Linsy #BannedBooksBonanza

Sace Junie B Jones?! What the heck? 1y
Linsy Because she didn‘t do what she was supposed to or use the right grammar?? So kids aren‘t allowed to be kids? I think that might be the most ridiculous thing I‘ve ever heard. 1y
Herschelian Back the bad old days of Apartheid in South Africa the official censors - who were non-English speaking Afrikaners- banned the famous book ‘Black Beauty‘ because they didn‘t know it was about a horse!! Many other books were banned as well. 1y
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CoffeeNBooks @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Linsy I know, right?! It was part of my local library's Banned Books display, so I had to ask them about it. My daughter loved those books when she was younger! 1y
BookNerd9906 Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie was not only banned, but lead to a death warrant being issued. He was in hiding for over a decade. #thepowerofbooks 1y
GingerAntics @Linsy @CoffeeNBooks @RestlessFickleBookHoarder we weren‘t allowed to have books that had minors not always doing as they‘re told when I was in high school. You couldn‘t get them in the school library, but you could have them as long as you didn‘t share them with anyone. They thought if we read books like that they‘d have to paddle more kids. That is exactly what I was told when I asked. 1y
CoffeeNBooks @GingerAntics That's crazy! What books were actually available in the library?! Luckily, I work in a district that doesn't ban books, but a neighboring county's superintendant decided a few years ago that nothing would be allowed in the schools in that district that might be considered offensive to someone. 😳 1y
GingerAntics @CoffeeNBooks I honestly don‘t know. My mother rolled her eyes at that and bought me the books I wanted to read. I don‘t remember ever looking at the books they had. I never checked one out. We had very few shelves, honestly. It was mostly quiet study space. 1y
GingerAntics @CoffeeNBooks I came from 2000 miles away and a catholic school to a public school. I was absolutely shocked at how close minded this distraction/community/area was. I was petrified of that place. They made it out like they would gladly beat anyone with a cricket bat on a whim. *shudders* 1y
Sace @GingerAntics *sputters* what? Hunh? I'm speechless. I'm sorry you had that experience! 1y
GingerAntics @RestlessFickleBookHoarder yeah Texas is much different than Minnesota. It was a real shock. The way children and students are viewed in MN is much different than in TX. We‘ve been down here almost 20 years now, and I still can‘t wrap my mind around it. 1y
Sace I feel the same way about AL...and I grew up in FL! 1y
AJones The ban on Junie B. Jones is ridiculous. Now their going to say no to David Shannon‘s picture books too. For goodness sake, they‘re fiction. We need to encourage our population of young readers; especially, in this digital world. They need freedom of choice to some extent. If anything there needs to be more restrictions on television. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was a big controversy in Florida too. 1y
SleepyDragon I don't think it, or anything really, should be banned, but I do have a friend who stopped letting her daughter read Junie B. Jones in 1st grade because it affected her ability to learn proper grammar. She actually backslid and her writing started fo mirror the bad grammar in the book. I don't think that's a common problem, though. 1y
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I found banned books merch on sale right before Banned Books Week, so I had to do a giveaway! Post about the craziest — or better yet, closest to home — book banning story you‘ve heard from Sept. 23-29 and use hashtag #BannedBooksBonanza to enter!

#giveaway #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

charl08 Ooh, on sale where? 1y
Linsy @charl08 At Barnes & Noble!! I got very excited and bought all they had, there were only a few. 1y
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Linsy Excellent!! 🔥🔥🔥 1y
ashley_liz @Linsy thank you! 1y
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Part of the banned books week display that I set up today in the children's department! 😀💕📚 I won't lie, setting up displays is one of the million benefits of being a librarian, in my opinion! I absolutely love doing it! 😁👍#librarylove #librariansoflitsy #bannedbooksweek

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This would be in an effort to help the environment and cut down on paper usage.
What do you guys think?

CouronneDhiver No way. That will make access an even bigger issue. Paper used to make books is a spend (a worthwhile endeavour), not a waste. There are plenty of other, less essential, areas where sacrifices can be made. 1y
emilyhaldi 😱😵☠️ 1y
KathyWheeler Are they then going to provide every single citizen with an ereader or provide libraries with enough ereaders to checkout to everyone in their communities? The access to information issues are enormous here. We already have a society of digital haves and have nots. This would only make the situation worse. 1y
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JacqMac Terrible idea. It will make books less accessible to the people who need them the most. And what happens when the apocalypse comes and none of us have electricity? 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego No. But there should be efforts to use recycled paper and/or book recycling. Not everyone has access to electronic devices. This would only keep the disenfranchisement down. IMO. The idea screams 1984/ Fahrenheit 451. It would be easier to control the type of books people read if it's all electronic. All this idea says to me is "censorship" and "privilege". I buy a lot of used books, to help keep my environmental impact lower. 1y
2BR02B I'm generally on board with banning items that unnecessarily create vast amounts of waste. Plastic shopping bags? Good riddance. Drinking straws? Ban away. But I will never be in favor of banning printed matter, for any reason. 1y
Jess_Franzino Going to give a hard “no” on this one. Using cloth bags or napkins instead of paper ones makes sense, and people should be encouraged to do such things. As much as I love my Kindle, it‘s often times easier to make notes on and reference print books when it comes to study/research. Books aren‘t a problem when it comes to paper production, since it‘s not used in excess & thrown out like straws, napkins, bags, etc. No need for EVERYTHING digital. 1y
RJHowe No. The book industry does not place a significant burden on the environment. 1y
LibrarianRyan No. With the canceling of net neutrality, and an ever growing digital divide we would be segregating our public more than we already do. 1y
Tamra No, there are bigger fish to fry. 1y
teebe Nope, terrible idea. Not everyone can afford e-readers / not everyone has internet access and some people with disabilities can‘t use e-readers. I think it‘d be more worth it to legislate environmentally-friendly practices for publishers (using recycled paper, non-toxic glue bindings that can actually be recycled, tree planting that offsets their usage, etc) (edited) 1y
GripLitGrl 👎Nope i agree with all the comments above 1y
jb72 Nope...paper is a renewable and recyclable product. Ebooks can be heavily regulated and inaccessible to a majority of people. I‘ve lost a couple of ebooks and digital music files because of some stupid “rights” even though I had PAID for them. The company you bought them from can take them away at any time. Not to mention any publication firm can change the words on an ebook at any time. 1y
KristinaRay No, for the reasons above. Banning Paper junk mail would be a much more logical choice if conservation of paper is the issue. 1y
SleepyDragon Haven't read the comments, but doing so would make reading a privilege for those who can afford it, instead of available to everyone. Not everyone has devices to support ebooks. 1y
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I‘ve started a themed book club in Boston, where the club picks a theme each month and each person reads a book of their choice on that theme. This month‘s theme is banned, burned, and censored books. If you‘re in #Boston lmk if you‘d like to join! The group is here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/bostonbooks #litsyhappenings #bannedbooks #ireadbannedbooks

LiteraryinLititz I wish I was still living in Boston because in person book clubs are so fun! Have a great time! 1y
RebelReader Unfortunately, I don‘t live near Boston, but this concept intrigues me. How is the discussion structured? 1y
alisahar @RebelReader It‘s fun! Basically everyone reads a book on the chosen theme. Then at the book club meeting everyone goes around and talks about their book for a few minutes. People give a synopsis of the book and their own analysis of what they thought of it. (edited) 1y
kspenmoll Sounds wonderful! 1y
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24in48 [Photo description: White socks with black text listing titles of banned books, such as 1984 and Lord of the Flies. On the right sock, the book titles are legible. On the left sock, the book titles are crossed out with thick black lines.] 2y
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My kitty also loves banned books :)

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
GypsyKat So cute! 😍 2y
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ReadingOver50 I had that tote but my dog ate it ☹️ 2y
BeckyD Cute kitty. 2y
Faibka @ReadingOver50 sorry to hear that 😿 2y
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This is my coffee cup at work- it is heat sensitive and you can see the book titles when hot liquid is inside. It is a good conversation starter 😊 @AJBowers

AJBowers LOVE it 😍😍😍 2y
britt_brooke Love it! 2y
Cinfhen Clever 2y
Eggs Need!! 2y
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Book buying ban, Day 4: Not sure if I'm proud or surprised 😳

Cathythoughts Well done. I‘ve never imposed a ban on myself. Give me another 6 months on Litsy ........ 😉 2y
AmyG 👍🏻 2y
Bookishlie You are awesome! One day at a time my friend! 2y
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I'm instituting a book buying ban for myself starting in the new year with an exception for my #PassportLitsy challenge. I'll only need 6 more for that challenge and books from the Scholastic book order and book fair for the kids don't count as long as they're not books only I wanted to read. Lol, library books don't count either because my taxes basically bought all their books anyway. #BookBuyingBan #GiveMeStrength

Bklover And then of course you might get a gift card! Then you‘d HAVE to buy books! 2y
SandyW Are we taking bets on whether you'll make out a year? Personally, I would take the odds against any Litten meeting that goal!😳 2y
IamIamIam @Bklover That counts as free books as long as I don't go over my limit! LOL 2y
IamIamIam @SandyW I think you should start a line in Vegas... I'm going with 3 months tops!!! 😂😂😂 2y
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This is my response to the Texas school district that banned The Hate U Give! 😤😤😤

BarbaraJean What?! What was the reason for banning it? 2y
Birdsong28 @BarbaraJean See my post about it have got the link on it 📚📖 2y
BarbaraJean @Birdsong28 Thank you! “Inappropriate language” / “sexual content” = we‘re uncomfortable with the topic and needed to find another excuse to ban the book. 🙄😡 2y
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Birdsong28 @BarbaraJean Yep thats what it boils down too! 😡 2y
Reggie What!!!!!!!!!! Omg. 2y
blacksheep O.M.G smh 😒 2y
Heatheringheights Wow. This is definitely in my classroom library in Florida. Shhhhhhh! 2y
chapter_fifty2017 So true ! 2y
hermyknee *face/palm* THUG is such an important book. We have a ton of copies on our campus and will most likely be integrating it into our curriculum in the future! 2y
RebelReader @hermyknee I agree totally! Hopefully this closed mindedness will not spread. I'm happy to hear it will likely be a part of your curriculum. Good for you! 👍💪 2y
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