Banned Books Week: Censorship By The Numbers Infographic

The celebration of the freedom to read marches on as Banned Books Week continues. This year’s theme focuses on the fight against censorship. With that in mind here’s an infographic via ALA.org all about censorship. Read on to learn more:

 

Banned Books Week: Top Challenged Books of 2017

Banned Books Week is underway and here’s an infographic of the top challenged books of 2017  via ALA.org

To learn more information on why these books were challenged visit the Banned Books Week website.  Curious about where challenges come from? Take a gander at this infographic below to learn more.

Next Week Is Banned Books Week

It’s that time of the year again! Banned Books Week arrives next week on September 23rd to the 29th. The annual event celebrating the freedom to read highlights the value of free and open access to information. This year’s theme ““Banning Books Silences Stories,” focuses on speaking out against censorship.

Around the country libraries, groups, and individuals in the community will host events so check out your local library to learn more. You can visit the Banned Books Week website to access more resources.

Banned Book Week is Here!

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Yesterday marked the start of this year’s Banned Book week.

What is banned book week? From the website http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/:

“Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.

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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. “

I work at an academic library and in honor of this week, each campus has created displays which feature books which have been challenged or banned throughout the years.

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I’ve also decided to attempt and try to read some books from a list of classic books which have been challenged or banned. I just finished reading The Call of The Wild by Jack London.

This week there will be more posts about Banned Book Week so stayed tuned!