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Books are dangerous. They make you think.
They make you ask questions. Books, especially public and school library books, are among the most visible targets of censorship. The bonfire was a very efficient form of censorship in an age when books were handwritten and existed in few copies. But in the era of printing and mass markets, burning a book has been reduced to merely a symbolic gesture.

Banned Books Awareness Week provides an opportunity for all American citizens, including readers, authors, aspiring authors, journalists and all those who believe in the First Amendment, to focus on issues of intellectual freedom, as they affect your community, your local public libraries, our country and generations of youth to come.

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Banned Books: The Who, What, When, Where & Why
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