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Banned Books Week

The annual celebration of the freedom to read

History of Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an effort by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read! 

"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." -  Banned Books Week

In 2019, Banned Books Week will take place on September 22-28, 2019. 

2019 Banned Books Week Theme


"Censorship leaves us in the dark, keep the light on"

Top 11 Banned Books in 2018

Transcript of video: "Literature helps us navigate the world by shining a light on challenging and uncomfortable topics. Censorship leaves us in the dark. Of the 483 books that were challenged or banned in 2018, these are the Top 11 Most Challenged. The annual list is compiled by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. Learn more about major trends and issues impacting libraries in the State of America's Libraries Report:

Banned Books Websites and Resources

10 Banned Books From Arizona's Mexican American Studies Program, K.W. Colyard -

17 of America's most surprising banned books, The Week -

Banned Books Week - YouTube Channel

Banned and Challenged Books - A website of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Search the Library's Website

For more banned books and e-books or articles about censorship, visit the library's website: