Friday, September 6, 2013


What the heck is banned book week?

SIMPLY, the time to celebrate our freedom of speech and specifically in written forms aka BOOKS!



Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

WHEN: September 22−28, 2013

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Spread the message. If you blog or write or read or enjoy the freedom or want to secure the freedom just in case...then you're needed. FB, TWEET, BLOG, TEXT, TALK. Easy as pie to spread the news!
"By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read."

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of EventsIdeas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or

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Book Challenges  2007 - 2012

View Book Bans and Challenges in a larger map
This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2012-2013 (PDF)

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American PublishersComic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THE BUTTON AND SPREAD THE NEWS. Read a banned book and tell the world! If not this year...when?


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