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Banned Wagon

Posted 1/6/2010

Three cheers to City Paper for including Judith Krug in its annual homage to late little-known greats ("People Who Died," Feature, Dec. 30, 2009).  (Don't forget the Bible, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, and To Kill a Mockingbird as other hard-to-imagine banned books!) 

No one is more important to our democratic process than those whose moral compass is pointed toward standing firm for the First Amendment! As the role of libraries and librarians shifts, the format of books and information changes, and technology explodes, I believe we will continue to wrestle with what the First Amendment means for us and for future generations. Judith Krug's tireless work championed the freedom to read and access to information as a right, not a privilege, for everyone. And, I will add, she inspired others to do the same.  Shall our first new year's resolution be to fully appreciate this great freedom and the people whose work insures that we can all always read and write without fear of reprisal?

Hannah Pickworth
Librarian, Roland Park Country School

P.S.  How 'bout an article on banned books and censorship?   

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