Banned Books Week 2013

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 22-September 28, 2013

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The time has come once again for libraries, booksellers, and the book community throughout the country to celebrate Banned Books Week. This annual celebration held at the end of September celebrates the freedom to read, the fight against censorship, and the upholding of the First Amendment. The event was originally established in 1982 to combat an increased number of book challenges throughout the country. [source] We encourage you to explore, get involved in the fight against censorship, and read banned books not just this week but every week.

  • Check Out! The Luria Library’s the new Banned Books Week guide. This guide includes news of recent challenges, helpful links and statistics, and a list of challenged books within the library’s collection available for regular check-out.
  • Have you read any of the banned book titles listed in the guide or on the ALA website?
  • Like the Banned Books Week Facebook Page
  • Stop by the library and check-out our banned books display.
  • Participate in Banned Books Week through the Virtual Read-Out here, where you can share a video of your favorite passages from your favorite challenged title.
  • Share your thoughts and ideas on banned books and censorship with us below.