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What Is Banned Books Week?

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

 

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

 

 

Text: Pekoll, Kristin, and Kate Lechtenberg. American Library Association, 2015. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/colleaguesqanda

Image: Created by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, cbldf.org

Banned Books Week Theme

The 2019 theme isCensorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!"

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Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018

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        2018 top 11 challenged books

 

 

 From the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)  and reported on http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#2018

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org