Once a year we celebrate Banned Books Week (and you can check out the American Library Associations list of events HERE). Why celebrate books that have been banned? Because banning a book is a sign that it challenges preconceived ways of thinking and that is what great literature should do - open us up to new ways of thought, even if those thoughts might shock us or fly in the face of our moral box. So here's to thinking outside the box! Read a banned book or two this week. And hug a librarian. Because they work tirelessly to make sure those wild and world-opening words get into our hands.