Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Since 1990, the American Library Association has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges made, about half in schools or school libraries, and a quarter in public libraries.
Challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view. They attempt to remove the material from public use, restricting other people’s access to information. Thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students, most challenges are unsuccessful and books like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” the Harry Potter series, and the Hunger Games series remain available. American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library!
Stop by the Lopez Library during the week of September 24th to see our display of banned books that shaped America and recently challenged books that might change YOU. Learn why some of your favorite books are considered dangerous. Be a rebel. Read a banned book!