Banned Books Week

Starting tomorrow, libraries and bookstores across America will be celebrating Banned Books Week (September 29-October 6). The purpose? It’s a great celebration to our freedom to read even when the words written are unpopular or unorthodox.The American Library Association, The Newberry Library, and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum will be celebrating with a Read-Out tomorrow, Sat. Sept. 29, from 1-4 pm at Pioneer Court (that’s the big plaza south of the Trib building that meets the Chicago river). There will be music, readings, and a general hootenanny at this free event. Can’t make it? There’s also an event online at Second Life happening during the same time.Factoid: AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell was the most-challenged book of 2006. It was challenged for “homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group.” It’s the story of a family of penguins in picture book format.Consider reading it. Or any banned book this week.

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