Band books?

Google blog is celebrating — catch of the breath — “Banned Books Week”:

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove great books from schools and libraries nationwide. Fortunately, the American Library Association and many other organizations are fighting back with Banned Books Week, taking place this year Sept. 23-30.

For 25 years, libraries and bookstores nationwide have been celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, which is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of College Stores, and endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Very nice, but what country are these books banned in? I thought you were supposed to remove books from libraries! (No, they mean permanently — ed. Oh.) Well, I always thought a ban had an aspect of universal prohibition to it, not merely a library’s or a school’s bibliographic accession choice. Otherwise how do you “celebrat[e] the freedom to read during Banned Books Week”? Isn’t that a self-contradiction?

Do they mean “Band Books Week”?

Why don’t we call it “Available Books Week”? Or “Available Books 200 Years or So?” I mean, is a book “banned” if you can’t check it out from the Middletown Preschool Librarymobile?

Not hardly. But we do like our self-congratulations, after all. Hat tip to Tech Law Advisor.

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