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 2015 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 27th to October 3rd. The Calvin T. Ryan Library has materials that some individuals would likely find offensive. However that may be, librarians vigorously defend your right to freely access and read such material.
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. Thousands of books have been challenged since 1982. The 2014 list of frequently challenged books provided by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, illustrates that censorship in the United States is still a serious problem.
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
For information about frequently challenged books, see: