This week the Library joins the rest of the book community in supporting 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 Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.” (American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Each year the American Library Association keeps track of books challenged throughout the country in public and school libraries. Visit the Library this week to see our exhibit of the ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 or view the list below.