Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Surprising Idea for Banned Books Week

The Joel D. Valdez Library in Tucson, AZ has bagged a few books -- literally. According to the Tucson Citizen, the main library has a selection of books in sealed paper bags. Readers are invited to check out a bagged book without knowing what they will be reading. The point of this exercise, according to Library Director Nancy Ledeboer, is "to raise people's awareness that there are people that would want to limit your access to information. We believe books feed minds, and we don't want to stifle that." The bagged books will be available through Sept. 23 - 30, the American Library Assocation's Banned Books Week.

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