Monday, October 01, 2012

Banned Books Week

Banned Books
Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating Banned Books Week from September 30 to October 6, 2012. Canadians typically promote the discussion of censorship issues during Freedom to Read Week in February, but Banned Books Week provides another venue to learn specifically about book challenges and book bannings. According to the ALA FAQ about banned and challenged books, "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."

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Banned Book Week, the ALA has created an interactive timeline which highlights a banned or challenged book for every year in the past 30 years. The title of the book for each year is provided along with a brief synopsis of where the book was challenged or banned and why. The ALA also maintains a list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books for each year.

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