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Banned Books Week: About

Banned Book Week 2017 takes place September 24-30.

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About Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 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.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the [American Library Association (ALA)] Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

The books featured during Banned Books Week...have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. But out of the hundreds of challenges ALA records every year, only about 10 percent of books are removed from the location where the challenge took place, thanks to local literary champions such as librarians, students, and patrons who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. (via American Library Association)

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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. 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. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Intellectual freedom is "...the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular..."

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