Banned Books Week 2019, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 22–28.
The 2019 theme, “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” 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 11 Challenged Books of 2018.
Click the links below to learn about intellectual freedom and banned or frequently challenged books.