remembers being sent home from school for bringing "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" into the classroom.
teachers had not read the book, they labeled it inappropriate.
"I remember thinking, 'People really are afraid'," Kilmer
Kilmer, the founder of the Banned Books Week event at the University of Toledo, said approximately 500 students participated in the vigil last year.
This is the 13th year UT will host the event.
Prior to having the vigil on campus, Kilmer
used to take her
students to a Banned Books Week reading at Thackeray's Books
"The basic freedom - our whole way of life, our democracy, our culture, is built from this right to read and think freely.
If we can't read freely then someone can manipulate us like we're robots.
We can be programmed," Kilmer
Last year we were talking a lot about the Harry Potter cutting parties," Kilmer
"The battle is never over."
Jones, Kilmer and Sheldon discussed the national attention Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla. garnered for threatening to burn the Quran.
They can take out all their frustration and anger," Kilmer
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