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Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week banner image

Each year during the last week of September, libraries, publishers, schools, and other organizations focus on Banned Books Week, which "highlights the value of free and open access to information...[and the] support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular" (American Library Association, 2017, Banned Books Week).

Here at Concordia Libraries, we're emphasizing frequently challenged books: children's and youth books, fiction titles, non-fiction, classics, etc. Please come in to take a look at what we've placed in our displays throughout the library! We also have this guide to showcase the issues and news surrounding challenged and banned books.

"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials."

American Library Association, 2017, What is the difference between a challenge or banning? [emphasis added]

"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."

American Library Association, 2017, What is the difference between a challenge or banning?

Banned Books Week Information

2016 Book Challenges - Top 10 Infographic

2015 Book Challenges - Top 10 Infographic

Banned Books Week timeline

Created by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom: Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature. Timeline powered by Tiki-Toki.

"All information sourced from the 2010 Banned Books Week resource guide, Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read, edited by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2010); the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; and additional content supplied by Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom" (American Library Association, 2012, Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature).
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