I got to talk a little bit about banned books on the Atlantic Wire! An excerpt:
"Meade sagely recommends that instead of 'shoving these books under the proverbial rug, parents should let kids read what they want and talk honestly and openly to them about any "controversial" issues that may arise.' She adds that a book being added to a censored list simply means she'll only fight harder to get it into the hands of kids because it means the book has an important message along with being just entertaining. 'Overall, I see it as my job to make sure that kids have access to the books they want to read, even if I don't necessarily agree with the content,' she said. 'We as librarians want to encourage literacy, not discourage it.' And that means letting kids read the books that matter to them, regardless of the activity of censors." - (Article written by Jen Doll.)
Read the entire thing here! I say more stuff!
And just for fun, here's a picture of the banned books display I made for my library during Banned Books Week this past September. (Before you ask, NO, I never had any kind of formal art training):
In short, censorship = BAD!
Reading controversial books = GOOD!
Fight the power, kids.