Celebrate Banned Books Week

Libraries and bookstores all over the country are celebrating the 2012 Banned Books Week from September 30th – October 6th.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week which celebrates our freedom to read free of censorship by drawing attention to books that have been banned or challenged over the years for their controversial nature.

Since the inception of banned books week in 1982, over 11,300 books have been challenged! Bannedbooksweek.org has information about censorship and Banned Books Week events throughout the country.  You can attend the Virtual ReadOut on a dedicated YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek) where readers like you exercise their First Amendment right to read banned books.

The American Library Association has created a timeline of significant banned books called Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature.  ALA also has  lists of books that have been frequently banned or challenged over the years.

Below are the books listed on ALA’s Radcliff Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been Banned and/or Challenged.  If you haven’t already, celebrate Banned Books Week by reading one today!

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
 

Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Good morning, MEC!  The Supreme Court is scheduled to release its ruling on President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act this morning.

To follow the court live, check out the SCOTUS blog at http://www.scotusblog.com/cover-it-live/

**UPDATE   Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act.

“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation powers to push people to buy health insurance. (Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand from the New York Times.)

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare 5-4 from CNN.  Article include links to an ACA timeline, breakdown of the basic issues, and discussion of how individuals will be affected by the reform.

What the Health Care Ruling Means to You from CNN.com

You can read the full text of the Affordable Healthcare Act at http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/. On the same site, visit Healthcare Law and You for links to key features of the law, timeline, and implementation resources.

The Supreme Court Affordable Healthcare Act opinions can be found at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf