Did you know that over 11,000 books have been challenged since Banned Books Week began in 1982? Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a banned book today!
The library enthusiastically supports an individuals freedom to choose what they read and to express their own unique opinions. Having multiple viewpoints available to you is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.
What is your favorite banned book? Some famous banned books include:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.