Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read, and highlights the value of open access to information.
The 2017 Banned Books Week celebration will be held from September 24 - 30.
Banned Books Week was first organized in 1982 in response to a 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's Office for Intellectual Freedom, "a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or a group. A banning is the removal of those materials."
The ALA notes that "challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others."
In September look for:
Or look up a banned book from this list of OCCC's collection!
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