Banned Books Week 2015

This year read a banned book week falls on:
Sunday 2015 September 27 – Saturday 2015 October 03

Every year for the past 33 years the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read

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.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The American Library Association maintains a list of The Top 100 Banned Novels Of The 20th Century for your reading pleasure.

There is even a web site and a domain dedicated to Banned Books Week called

Lastly here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books Of 2014:

Please read or talk about a book from one of these lists during Banned Books Week 2013.

All freedom and all progress is ultimately rooted in the free flow of ideas.

Farewell To Monty!

Farewell to Monty who passed yesterday,  Saturday 2015 September 19.

Monty was my friend Dag’s cat.

Monty started off life being bred for his intelligence and pulling things out of water ( hence his incredibly fluffy fur ).   Since his markings weren’t perfect he had no value to the breeder who then released him and a number of other cats into the woods of North Carolina.

Dag’s boyfriend Brian rescued Monty and a bunch of other stray cats from those woods when they heard the authorities were going to kill them.   Brian took Monty in along with his other cats.   When Monty became very sick with a liver issue my friend Dag took great care of him, hardly ever leaving his side.   A very strong bond between them formed.

Monty had a very sassy tomcat personality and was amazingly intelligent.

I first noticed Monty when I stayed over at Brian and Dag’s place years ago.  Monty wanted out, so he climbed up on the edge of the couch by the front door and tried turning the doorknob with his paws.  He almost made it :).

Though sassy, he was also affectionate.   That and his super duper fluffy fur made him a favourite among the neighbourhood children.   He was fearless.

When Dag used to study to much he would use his paws to close her notebook.  Of course he also took stronger measures as you can see in her old picture from a blog she made for him called The Daily Monty.

I will miss Monty.

As I wrote, he was quite a character.   Fearless, eerily smart for a cat, tough, proud and affectionate.

He handled himself well when he was abandoned to his own means.  He also adapted will when he was given a home, love, and a very happy life.  He was a sponge that soaked up a lot of sunshine, love, and happiness, while still being his unique self :).

I will think of the many nice encounters I had with him over the years and smile. :).