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Banned Books week

Banned Books week

Banned Books week



Banned Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. It also stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

This event is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

It should be noted that while this celebration is called Banned Books Week, the majority of the books featured during the week are not banned, but “merely” challenged. But a challenge is an attempt to ban or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. And successful challenges could result in materials being banned or restricted.

Want more information on this fascinating topic? Check out:  Banned Books Week basics and Frequently challenged books.

 

 

Vicki Bloom, Head of Reference Services, Rivera Library

 



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