"Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in libraries, bookstores, and schools. Typically (but not always) held during the last week of September, the annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, educators, authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas."
-American Library Association
Visit our table outside the library from 11am until 1pm on Monday to learn more about book bans, to talk to library staff about this work, and to make buttons showing your support!
Banned Books Week continues, and the library wants you to know where we stand
Books are tools for understanding complex issues.
Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in a library’s books.
Individuals should be trusted to make their own decisions about what to read.
Limiting access to books does not protect people from life’s complex and challenging issues.
If you believe these things, too, join the fight! Even if you only have five minutes, here’s how you can help.
This week is Banned Books Week, but readers and advocates across the country work together year-round to help defend books from censorship. Join the movement by checking out these online events, happening today!
We continue raising awareness about Banned Books Week, a time to bring attention to the harms of censorship and the rise of book bans. Learn more about why it matters and what students in particular are doing about it.
Check out these online events:
Get involved! Swing by the library to pick up a button to show your support, and check out ways you can make a difference.