The Prompt Jar: Banned Book Week and the First Amendment

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Yes, people still try to ban books and honestly, it makes me mad and laugh at the same time. Banned Books Week is an annual campaign, held the last week of September, and hosted by the good folks at the American Library Association

The campaign is designed to build awareness and highlight the value of free and open access to information, specifically books used with literature curriculum in schools and public libraries. Librarian and First Amendment activist Judith Krug started the campaign in 1982 as a response to the sudden rise in challenges to books in schools and libraries across America. What a clever name for the campaign. Tell me I can’t read something and I will then search it out and read every word. Unless of course, it’s a journal marked “Private!”

The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank has made the banned book list. Write about how Anne’s diary helped her cope or how your journaling practices help you.

Imagine not being able to read or write? What would your life be like without these skills?

Write about a time someone told you “No, you can’t do that.” How did it make you feel?

I enjoy reading well-researched historical fiction as I can then imagine what it would be like to live in time periods from the past. Write about your favorite book genre. Is it non-fiction, biographies, science fiction, fantasy or mystery?

Remember the principal freedoms of the First Amendment? They are; religion, speech, press, and assembly. Write about each freedom to explain why they are important to you and to others.

Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.” What does this quote mean to you?

Kay’s method of journal writing, outlined in her book Journal to the Self is all about freedom. Your journal won’t judge what you write. Celebrate this freedom and write about whatever you want.

Looking for a good book to read? Check out the Banned and Challenged Classic books list HERE provided by the American Library Association.  And if you’re looking for a chuckle, read the reasons why people challenge these classic books.

I’d love to see your comments below.  Thank you – Lynn

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