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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Tasting the Forbidden Fruit by Jackie Zataweski

  Jackie Zataweski is the director of the Nottoway County Library in Crewe, Virginia. She is a frequent contributor to This Awful-Awesome Life.

Jackie Zataweski is the director of the Nottoway County Library in Crewe, Virginia. She is a frequent contributor to This Awful-Awesome Life.

 

 

Every September, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, and this year will be no exception. The official celebration is September 24-30, but there’s no time like the present to read a banned book!

Banned Books Week was first recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982, but it wasn’t until I began working in a library that I learned of it. My immediate reaction? “Someone says these books should be banned? I must read them to find out why!“

It seems I’m not alone in this. For the past ten years, I have been creating simple displays of frequently challenged books, and every year, I find myself having to re-stock it on a daily basis. Here’s a brief list of books I have read simply because they made the Top 100 List of Challenged Books (2000-2009):

·         ttyl (Lauren Myracle)

·         And Tango Makes Three (Justin Richardson)

·         Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)

·         To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

·         Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

Photo Credits:

ttyl book cover - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ttyl.jpg#/media/File:Ttyl.jpg

And Tango Makes Three cover art: By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4940450

Catcher in the Rye cover art - qualifies as fair use under the Copyright law of the United States

To Kill a Mockingbird book cover: http://www.lib.ua.edu//sites/default/files/lee_firstedition.jpg, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6376456

Fahrenheit 451 cover art: By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10504500

 

Why are there Challenged and Banned Books? by Fran Joyce with assistance from Eric Magliocca,* Jackie Zataweski, and Rob Kalchthaler

Banned Books Quiz