Banned Books Week Press Page

Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 21-27, 2014

Media Contact:

Macey Morales
Media Relations Manager
312-280-4393
mmorales@ala.org

Heather Cho
Media Relations Specialist
American Library Association
312-280-4020
hcho@ala.org

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Events

Banned Books Week Sponsor Events

List of Local Banned Books Week Events

Press Releases

Affirm the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014

Free Banned Books Week webinar at noon ET on Sept. 24

Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

For the fourth year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week 2014. Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. Watch celebrity videos for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Please visit the Banned Books Week website for more information http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned.

2014 Virtual Read-Out Videos from Sponsor SAGE  and ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom

Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series, on Banning Books

Dav Pilkey explains how you can express concern about a book without undermining the freedom to read of those around you by making a simple change.

Resources

Download Banned Books Week Artwork

Audio PSAs and Scripts 

About Banned & Challenged Books

Frequently Challenged books of the 21st century

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

Challenges to Library Materials

Banned Books Week Website

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books

Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2013-2014 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2004-2005 (PDF)

Banned Books Week Social Media Channels

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See what others are saying about #bannedbooksweek on Twitter
Watch and upload Banned Books Week videos on YouTube
Banned Books Week Pinterest

 

 

News

First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free ExpressionAmerican Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American PublishersFreedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People for the American Way and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.