I want to bring to everyone's attention that ALA's Banned Books Week 2008 is going on from September 27 through October 4.  This event is so important in recognizing intellectual freedom, or the freedom to read whatever you want.  Some people *cough* Palin *cough, cough* would censor the masses from certain reading materials because they don't think we can handle it.  Personally, I don't think anyone else has a right to tell me what I can and can't read.  And as for those people who don't want their children's precious eyes to behold certain reading material—it is THEIR responsibility to police what their children read, if they so choose, NOT the library's even if their tax money goes to it.  Allowing them to ban a book not only censors their child, but also everyone else.  And that's just not right.

A number of so-called classics have been on the banned books list at one point or another, many for years in a row.  Please take some time to check out the ALA website for more information, or take some time to go to a Banned Books event near you.  But above all, don't let someone else tell you what you can or can't read.

Here's a list of the most challenged books of 2007:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle

8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky