Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. This year the theme of the week is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” The purpose of Banned Books Week is to come together as a reading community and support everyone’s freedom to read what they want. The books that we feature this week have either been challenged or banned in libraries and schools because of their content.
You can head to cloudLibrary to check out some popular eBooks from our library that you may not have known were banned or challenged.
The American Library Association (ALA) has a great list that includes each year’s top ten most challenged books.
The ALA also provides support for anyone who’s fighting against a book’s challenge or ban, and encourages people to reach out and report censorship when they can.
Protecting the freedom to read is important for everyone – librarians, students, faculty, and the community. Censorship threatens this freedom and creates unnecessary and unwanted barriers between readers. Thanks to the hard work of many librarians, students, teachers, and members of the community, however, most books are still available for readers. This is definitely a cause for celebration, and another main reason why Banned Books Week is such a big deal every year.