This week is the American Library Association’s annual celebrated Banned Books week. There are no banned books in the United States, of course. The “banned books” are books that have been challenged by concerned parents.
If--as a hypothetical example--you found a children’s book in your local library which contained graphic illustrations of people having sex with animals and you complained to the librarian, your complaint could be logged with the American Library Association. If enough parents complained, the book might make the “banned books list” and be celebrated by the American Library Association!
I mentioned this to one of my regular readers and he wondered how the libraries would do on books written by John McCain and Barack Obama. Fortunately, there is a library tool that provides such information. It is called WorldCat. I checked WorldCat for the books written by John McCain and Barack Obama. The number at the left is the number of WorldCat libraries which own each book:
3,183 The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
2,876 Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
2,500 Faith of My Fathers by John McCain
1,526 Worth the Fighting for by John McCain
Looks to me like John McCain’s books have been “banned” in some libraries. Maybe they should be on the banned books list (Hat tip: Kevin)
UPDATE: Please see the excellent post about Banned Books Week on Safe Libraries.