New Web Site to Promote Banned Books Week

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Judith F. Krug
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2008

New Web Site to Promote Banned Books Week

NEW YORK – The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced today that they are launching a Web site to help bookstores and libraries promote Banned Books Week, which will be held this year from Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.

The Web site,, is intended to help the public learn about Banned Books Week and suggest ways they can support it. The key feature of the Web site will be a list that visitors can use to find participating bookstores and libraries in their communities. “Hundreds of bookstores and libraries participate in Banned Books Week every year. will make it easy for the public to find them,” ABFFE President Chris Finan said. Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, said the Web site will help promote Banned Books Week nationally as well as provide support for local efforts. “We wanted to increase the attention for Banned Books Week on the Web while simultaneously providing increased support for the bookstores and libraries that are mounting displays and sponsoring free speech events,” she said.

Bookstores and libraries that would like to be listed on the new Web site can submit details of their Banned Books Week celebration directly to the Web site. Use this link to submit information, Once the information has been reviewed, it will be posted.