Did you know that every year hundreds of books are challenged across America? Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that reminds the literary community of the importance of speaking out against book banning and supporting our freedom to read. This year Banned Books Week takes place between September 23 and 29. To help you get involved, we’ve put together a list of five ways to celebrate Banned Books Week.
(1) Check out a banned book at your library.
View the American Library Association list of most challenged books here. Many of these titles are common in schools or have been made into a popular movie or television show.
(2) Pick up some Banned Books Week swag at the library.
Visit the Digital Services desk in the library for Banned Books Week bookmarks and pins.
(3) Understand the difference between a challenged title and a banned title.
Challenged titles are those a user attempts to remove from school curriculum or a library, thereby restricting the access of others. Banned books have been successfully removed.
(4) Speak out against censorship.
Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tag us in your post! Share your favorite banned book quote. Post a story about an educator who helped you learn the power of words. Tweet at a banned books author. Recommend a banned book to a friend.
(5) Participate in the Dear Banned Author Letter-Writing Campaign.
Visit the Dear Banned Author Letter-Writing Campaign page for printable post cards and contact information for your favorite banned books authors.