Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.
Banned books or Challenged books are those books that for some reason someone or group has found offense and tried to stop the book from being included in a library or being read by people. ALA (American Library Association) keeps lists of these materials.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:
Below are just a few of the many banned books that can be found in our Library.