It’s Banned Books Week! A week each year when libraries around the world celebrate the freedom to read – a freedom that can be taken for granted and continues to be challenged. Each year, book are challenged or banned because they present topics, content, ideas, or voices that someone has deemed dangerous or inappropriate. Each of these challenges represents an attempt to censor an author and silence ideas and voices and are a direct threat to our intellectual freedom.
In the State of America’s Libraries 2018 report, intellectual freedom was among the Issues and Trends highlighted because of the increased number of challenges reported. According to the report, Public challenges and bans rose from 45 in 2016 to 91 in 2017. This infographic from the American Library Association provides some additional numbers and information about the state of bans and challenges from 2017.
At Brookens, we care about your freedom to read and work to protect your intellectual freedom. Specifically, this week we’re answering the call put forward with this year’s Banned Books Week theme – Banned Books Silences Stories. Speak Out! – by doing just that, speaking out. We will be highlight books that have been challenged or banned throughout the week across our social media platforms. Additionally, we’ll be providing you with lists of the most challenged books and linking you to those items in our collection. As we share our favorite books and stories about why they matter, we hope you’ll share yours too!