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Posted September 29, 2020

By Colleen VanderHye – Adult Services

The Banned Books Week Coalition invites you to champion the right to read during Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2020!  In turbulent times, books are tools that help people navigate the world around them. Intellectual freedom and access to information uplift people in crisis and during more peaceful times.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

In 2019,alone, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked over 360 challenges by individuals and groups to have over 550 titles banned .

“It is our responsibility and indeed our privilege to stand on the First Amendment, to challenge censorship, to keep the light of liberty alive and by doing so, to push back a new dark age.”  – Judith Krug

Each day of Banned Books Week, OIF will promote a different action that spotlights literary activism. Titled #BannedBooksWeek in Action, readers are encouraged to share their activities on social media with the hashtag, focusing on the following daily topics:

  • Sunday: Read a banned book
  • Monday: Speak out about censorship
  • Tuesday: Create something unrestricted
  • Wednesday: Express the freedom to read in style
  • Thursday: Write about your rights
  • Friday: Watch, listen, and learn from others
  • Saturday: Thank those who defend the freedom to read every day of the year

Visit https://bannedbooksweek.org/ or follow @BannedBooksWeek on Twitter to get the latest Banned Books Week and censorship news. Find the Banned Book Week Website here.

Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular

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