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Banned Books Week

Post Date:09/25/2017 2:54 PM

Our right to read September 24-30, 2017


  • The American Library Association condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.
  • Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.
  • The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to OIF from communities across the United States."
  • Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 - 30.
    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 with 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. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
  • Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights 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 and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
  • Explore the annual Top Ten Most Challenged Books lists  
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