Censorship leaves us in the dark: Read a banned book

Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on by celebrating Banned Books Week, held September 22-28 this year.

Each year, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and raises awareness about threats to free speech. As your public library, the Freedom to Read and the Freedom to View help guide our everyday work, as we continue to remove barriers and increase access to our collections and services.

Banned Books 101

Are books still being banned? Yes! Throughout the country, books are challenged and banned every year.

What is a challenge? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials or services based on content.

What is a ban? A ban is removal of materials or cancellation of services based on content.

What can I do? Here are just a few ways you can fight censorship:

  1. Stay informed. Contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom to report censorship »
  2. Help spread the word. Declare your right to read on social media with #BannedBooksWeek.
  3. Read a banned book! Place a hold on a title below or check out a book from a display at any library location.
  4. Find more ways to get involved »

Read a banned book


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