Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Library Blog –

Banned Books Week (Sept 24 – 30, 2017) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. 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. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Check out the American Library Association’s website for lists of frequently banned books.