> The Things You Can Read: Day 4 of Banned Books Week: September 30-October 6, 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 4 of Banned Books Week: September 30-October 6, 2012

Image Credit:Banned Book Week

In celebration of Banned Books Week, The Things You Can Read will be sharing quotes 
from authors of banned works.  Todays quotes are from our all time favorite author, Harper Lee.  We 
could not simply pick one, so here are a few:

Harper Lee author of To Kill a Mockingbird
Image Credit: Harper Lee

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
- Atticus Finch”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.(Miss Maudie)” 
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

Video Credit: Biography

Take a look at the video that Open Road Media shared about Banned Book Week:
Great article on censorship on Huffington Post's Blog entitled "Banning Books is Censorship" by Jane Friedman.  Check it out.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with Banned Book Week here is some information from their site:

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. 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. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.

Post a comment sharing how your celebration of Banned Book Week is going.  We'd love to know.  

Happy Banned Books Week Reading!
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