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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2018, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 23–29.

The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against censorship. 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. 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 booksellers, librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Join the library’s celebration by stopping in during this week to participate in activities and to find out the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2017.

Click the links below to learn about intellectual freedom and banned or frequently challenged books.

2017 Top 10 most challenged books

Banned and challenged classics

Top 10 most frequently challenged books list of the 21 st century

Most frequently challenged authors of the 21 st century

List of banned books: From 1990-1999, and  from 2000-2009

Library Bill of Rights

Public libraries and intellectual freedom

Books from the library’s catalog on censorship

American Library Assoxiation and the First Amendment and Censorship