Banned Books Week started this past Sunday, September 21, as librarians, journalists, readers and educators across America celebrate the freedom to read.
From the American Library Association website (ala.org):
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. Check out the frequently challenged books section
to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book
banning. 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.
Check out the link above for a list of some of the most frequently challenged titles in the US over the years, or stop in to the library and check out our display of titles which have been banned or challenged--I promise, we will let you take them out!