The American Library Association has rolled out a Google Map showing the locations of "banned books" in anticipation of its annual September farce, "Banned Books Week."
The celebration is a farce because there are no "banned books" in America!
Every time a parent has the audacity to question the appropriateness of a library book, this challenge can be reported to the American Library Association and it counts as a banned book even if the book was never removed!
So, for example, if your local elementary school put a book in the school library containing graphic images of violent sex and enough parents challenged it, that title could become eligible to appear on on the ALA's annual banned books list.
Banned books week is the American Library Association's way of saying, "We are the high priests and priestesses of books. How dare you mere mortals challenge a librarian's decision to include a book (or unrestricted internet access) in our libraries!"
We librarians, of course, are too savvy to come right out and say that. We hide it under a pretext of defending the first amendment.