Happy Banned Books Week! For those who may be unfamiliar, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Established in 1982, “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,” according to the coalition’s website.
For us here at the Andersen Library, that means emphasizing our support of your right to access information freely and increase student awareness of censorship efforts still being made in libraries and schools.
In celebration and solidarity, we have created a display containing just a few of the many stories that have been banned or challenged at some point in time- including books as renowned as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Be sure to follow the link below to check out the American Library Association’s ‘Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists’ to see if any of your favorite literary works are included.
Top Ten Most Challenged Book Lists
Check out some photos of last weeks Banned Books Display: