September 30-October 6 is Banned Books Week, set aside to promote great literature that has been banned or challenged. You can learn more online at the ALA Banned Book Week website (should you be luckier than I and find that the website is actually functional). They have great promotional posters with pirates, and you know how I feel about pirates.
Jessamyn West of librarian.net has collected useful links for Banned Books Week as well as a related post on union issues. Unshelved takes a funny look at books challenged in the library (keep reading, it may be the start of a series). Amnesty International also has a Banned Books Week page.
In honor of Banned Books Week, I’ve scanned the lists of books frequently banned and/or challenged and selected two books I’ve never read before to read this week: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (a banned book about banned books, what could be more appropriate?) and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I have to stop by my new local library to pick these up. And when I’m done, I can wear this pin: