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Learn more about Banned Books Week, book bans or challenges, and censorship.

Celebrate Banned Books Week! September 23-27, 2019

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Subscribe to the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube Channel. Celebrity readers and book lovers from across the country share their favorite banned books. Click this link to access the channel and subscribe: 

Banned: A History of Censorship on Backstory with the American History Guys

Click the link below to hear a special episode of Backstory, the NPR history program, on the history of censorship in America. TV, film, radio, all forms of media have been censored for political, religious, and moral reasons since before our nation became a nation.

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

Banned Books Week 2014

Reading Gives you Superpowers

Banned Books Week 2013

Celebrate Banned Books!!!!!


10 Most Challenged Books

Why Are Books Challenged?

Reasons for book challenges: LGBTQIA+, political viewpoint, obscenity, profanity, nudity, violence, sex education, cultural insensitivity, religious viewpoint, dirty magazines, teen suicide, pornographic, glorifies criminals

Censorship Beyond Books. The ALA has noticed an increase in attempts to censor drag queen story hours and LGBTQIA+ programming, as well as challenges to remove access to databases. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges in 2018. Here's the breakdown: 62% books, 15% programs, meeting rooms, 10% databases, magazines, films, games, 6% displays, artwork 7% other (includes access, social media, hate crimes

Five types of book censorship in 2018: vandalizing pages, hiding resources, requiring parental permission to access content, removing materials, burning books. 200+ books donated to Orange City (Iowa) Public Library after four LGBTQIA+ library books were burned by a religious activist.

Banned Book Week Read-Outs 2015

PTC Faculty and Staff Read-Out at Banned Books Week 2015

Kimberly Kwee reads from The Giver

Kate Evans reads from And Tango Makes Three

Autumn Perkins reads from Animal Farm

Banned Books Week Read-Out! 2014

Jason Green reads from Little Brother by Cory Doctorow at the 2014 Banned Book Week Read-Out!

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (BBW) is celebrated on the last week of September each year.  It was created to bring public awareness of censorship issues.  As Americans, we all have the right to express our thoughts and opinions, and in turn to have access to others' published thoughts and opinions, no matter how unpopular they may be.  Unfortunately, many of us take this right to the freedom of expression for granted.  Every year, there are a variety of attempts made by individuals or groups to remove or restrict access to items held in libraries because of the opinions expressed or the language used within them.  Librarians fight against this sort of censorship in order to maintain everyone's freedom of expression.  With the public's understanding and support, we will be able to fight that much harder.

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