Banned Books Week

 September 27 through October 3rd is Banned Books Week an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. .

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Banned books are books to which free access is not permitted. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, from political, religious, moral, or (less often) commercial motives.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the national book community’s celebration of the freedom to read.

To commemorate this landmark anniversary, ALA is pleased to share this collection of significant banned and challenged books. For each year from 1982 to 2012, they have highlighted one book banned or challenged in that particular year. In most cases, these books faced significant controversy that spanned numerous years. The timeline presents only a sample of particularly notable challenges to particularly notable books during this period. All information sourced from the 2010 Banned Books Week resource guide,Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read, edited by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2010); the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; and additional content supplied by Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.   ala.org/bbooks

To commemorate this landmark anniversary, ALA is pleased to share this collection of significant banned and challenged books. For each year from 1982 to 2012, they have highlighted one book banned or challenged in that particular year. In most cases, these books faced significant controversy that spanned numerous years. The timeline presents only a sample of particularly notable challenges to particularly notable books during this period. All information sourced from the 2010 Banned Books Week resource guide,Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read, edited by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2010); the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; and additional content supplied by Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.   ala.org/bbooks

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! Best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”
— -The Doctor (David Tennant) ; Tooth & Claw

For the fifth year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 –October 3, 2015. Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

Just a few of the many banned books out there. How many have you read?

The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.
— J. K. Rowling
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