Every year during the last week of September, a number of authors, readers, teachers, journalists and publishers are brought together during Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read and share ideas.
Banned Books Week began in 1982 when a number of schools and libraries started “challenging,” or attempting to restrict or remove, certain books.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), over 11,300 books have been removed or restricted from various locations across the country since Banned Books Week began.
Books are often challenged to protect children from “offensive language” and “inappropriate
sexual content.” Though many challenges are unsuccessful, the ALA sees them as a threat to freedom of speech.
According to the ALA’s website, banning books is “the one most un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”
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