What is Banned Books Week?
Banned books week is usually held the last week of September every year. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores celebrate Banned Books Week by drawing attention to the problem of censorship and promoting the freedom to read. Banned Books Week also promotes the importance of the First Amendment rights and the importance of literature. The books featured during Banned Books Week have been challenged or banned around the country. There were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, according to the American Library Association. Many more challenges go unreported.
Support intellectual freedom and the right to information in a free society and read a banned book this week!