Banned & Challenged Books

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Books are still being banned and challenged

About Banned Books Week

Learn about the history of the annual event and how you can celebrate

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Which books made the list in 2017?

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Report public and confidential censorship incidents to the American Library Association

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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. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
 
  • For media inquiries, contact the ALA Public Awareness Office. 
  • To report censorship, contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.
  • For Banned Books Week support, contact ALA Banned Books Week.

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