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.
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
The 2020 theme is “Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read.”
Censorship limits exploration and creates barriers to access information. The path toward the freedom to read starts at the library.
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