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About Banned Books

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Banned Books Week!

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Banned Books Week 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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infographic that reads "what is a challenge? Attempt to remove or restrict materials or services based on content.  What is a ban? removal of materials or cancellation of services based on content."

What's the difference between a challenge and a ban?

According to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, 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 to others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Word cloud giving examples of reasons books are banned.  Some of the larger words are LGBTQIA+, Political viewpoint, black lives matter, anti-racism and profanity.  Some of the smaller words are derogatory, alcohol, self harm, obscene, and horror.