Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the freedom to express differing viewpoints and experiences. Launched in 1982, Banned Book Week was in response to a rise in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community to draw attention to the harmful effects of censorship and in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas and beliefs, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.
Visit our Library and see our displays of previously Banned Books, many of which are familiar.