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An annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2, 2021) is an annual week-long celebration of the freedom to read. It started in 1982 in response to a rise in the number of book challenges in schools, bookstores, and libraries. According to the American Libraries Association, books are usually challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, usually children, from difficult ideas and information. These challenges often label books “controversial” or “offensive” based on topics of religion, politics, violence, and sexuality. Prohibiting access to information and stories is a dangerous practice, one that libraries all over the world fight against. For more information about ALA's Banned Books Week, visit:

Frequently Banned or Challenged Books Available in SPC Libraries