Banned Books Week 2016: A Love Letter

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If you find this letter, it’s for you.

I am sorry this letter is so long overdue. For too long, I have been relishing in the passion and the joy that you bring to my life without giving you the thanks or the praise that you deserve. That ends today, as we approach our anniversary on September 25th.

There are moments in time when images, sounds, smells, and textures conjure up fleeting reminders, glimpses, and emotions of home. For me, you will always be home.

I love those quiet moments where I can hold you in my hands while I both lose myself inside of you and find myself by the end. Not only have you changed my life, but you have also saved it. You understand me better than anyone else in the world. You are always there for me, to give me comfort or wisdom, or just to have a laugh. Truly, you have made my life complete. I owe you everything.

I know that people have ignored you and hidden you from sight in the past. They do not act out of hatred; instead, they are acting out of fear – they think you are dangerous. You are strong, independent, and wise, and that has always intimidated people.

As your lifelong companion, I pledge to keep you safe. I promise to protect you from harm and ensure that you are around for years to come. I want you around to meet my children and my grandchildren – they should know how much I love you and how precious you are to me; I can only hope that they will grow to love you just as much as I do.

I love you my dear. I have always loved you.


Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association (ALA). Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the ALA, there were at least 311 in 2014.  ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

Banned Books Week is September 25th – October 1st. It celebrates the freedom to read in schools, bookstores and libraries, and through that, the freedom of ideas and freedom of communication.

“We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.”

The American Library Association

Feeling a little rebellious? Then read a banned book this week and protect your love of books for generations to come.

Say no to censorship

Explore these pages for more information on Banned Books Week:

More information on banned and challenged books can be found on the American Library Association’s frequently challenged books pages. Twitter: @BannedBooksWeek

Click Here to Download My Banned Books Bookmark 1 (pdf)

Click Here to Download My Banned Books Bookmark 2 (pdf)

Click Here to Download My Banned Books Bookmark 3 (pdf)

P.S. Want another love letter to books and libraries? Then check out this video:


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