Banned Books Week

#BannedBooksWeek

September 22-29, 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." --American Library Association


"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 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported." --www.bannedbooksweek.org


“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


See the links below for more information about Banned Books Week and the Virtual Read-Out. Use the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek on twitter and tumblr to tag your tweets and posts during this week.


Spread the word about Banned Books!