Banned Books Week 2015

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What is Banned Books Week About?

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Libraries and other organizations around the country draw attention to issues such as censorship, the importance of protecting our freedoms to read, seek and express ideas, and the value of free and open access to information.


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. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more (an estimated 80%) go unreported.

For more information on Banned Books Week, check out:


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  • What is the difference between a challenge and a banning?

  • Are people still challenging and banning books in the U.S.?

  • What types of books have been challenged or banned? Why?

Come by SIMMS LIBRARY to view the display and learn the answers to these questions and explore more information about Banned Books Week!

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