Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Check out the display at the front entrance of the Calvin T. Ryan Library! The 2014 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 21-27.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, although many more likely go unreported.
For more information on banned and challenged books, go to:
• American Library Association (ALA) Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.
• ALA Freedom to Read Foundation
• Book Bans and Challenges Map