Banned Books Week

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 21 - 27, 2014

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.

What is Banned Books Week?

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information."

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


  • is when a person or group successfully imposes their values upon others by stifling words, images or ideas and preventing them from reaching the public marketplace of ideas.
  • is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other such entities.
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The Difference Between BANNED and CHALLENGED

  • A CHALLENGE is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
  • A BANNING is the removal of those materials.

A Few Frequently Challenged Books

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