Bookman's Bookstore, with four locations across Arizona, is celebrating the beginning of National Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 - Oct. 6) with an incredible video featuring local customers and staff reading a single line from a banned or challenged book.
The American Library Association defines the importance of Banned Books Week on their website:
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, being celebrated in part with the second annual Virtual Read-Out, wherein bookstores and readers are encouraged to create videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read. Bookman's video was made in conjunction with the Virtual Read-Out project.
Watch the video below and learn how to make your own contribution to Banned Books Week here!