If you can read this – #ThankATeacher
May 9th is National Teacher Day
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-13, 2017
2017 marks the 8th Annual
Women in Horror Month!
This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as the horror genre should be.
Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.
WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.
January is national blood donor month. And Blood Bound Books appreciates that act of giving more than you know.
If you donate blood this month, and post your picture to the FB EVENT PAGE, or to their main FB page with #BooksForBlood, they will send you a free digital book from the Blood Bound Books catalog (Kindle, Nook, etc).
Plus, you know… cookies.
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 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).
Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 311 in 2014. ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.
SUPPORT BANNED BOOKS WEEK – What You Can Do
Help support the Banned Books Week initiative by purchasing promotional products like the posters featured here, including T-shirts, buttons and bookmarks. Visit the ALA Store to purchase these products.
SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN LIBRARIES AND BEYOND
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sells signed comic books and t-shirts. Support your right to read comic books by purchasing merchandise from their store.
The American Society of Journalists and Authors sells “I Read Banned Books” buttons for $1 each. Check out their store for more information.
Purchase Project Censored latest book, The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2013-14. To purchase, please visit their site.
Support These Banned Books Week sponsors:
Tuesday, September 8, is
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”