Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating our freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.
This year's theme is "Censorship is a Dead End," and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Members of the book community--libraries, book stores, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers--join together to support the freedom to find and express ideas, even those that may be considered unorthodox or unpopular by some.
Last year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. Take a look at some of the most challenged books of the past 20 years by clicking here, and you can also check out a list of the top 100 most banned and challenged books from 2010 to 2019 by clicking here.
To wrap up Banned Books Week, we are hosting an online Banned Books Trivia event on Saturday, October 3 at 10:30am. Join us on Kahoot via Zoom (click this link!) and work alone or in a team to find out how much you know about banned and challenged books throughout the decades. This event is designed for ages 8 and up and is family-friendly!