September 23 – 29 is Banned Books Week!
Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week is a time for librarians, booksellers, teachers, publishers, journalists and readers to highlight the value of free and open access to information.
In 2017, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) logged 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services (including books, DVDs, magazines, programs, databases, games, exhibits and displays). In those 354 challenges, 416 books were targeted. The OIF estimates that 82-97% of challenges remain unreported.
Stop by the library this week to check out our Banned Books Week pop-up display, and grab a button and bookmark to show your support for the freedom to read. We’ve also curated a Banned and Challenged Books eBook and audiobook collection in OverDrive.
For more information about banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, Banned Books Q&A, and more. Don’t forget to follow #BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and Instagram to stay abreast of the latest news.