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Events in the Library - Fort Wayne: Banned Books Week

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2018 celebration will be held Sept. 23 - Sept. 29.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.

Defend the First Amendment - Read a Banned Book

Come down to the Ivy Tech Library and check out our giant display of Banned/Challenged books.

By reading and sharing a Banned book, you will defend the First Amendment's freedom to read. 

More information on why books are challenged or banned below.

Banned Books 1

Opposing Viewpoints discusses both sides to Banned Books

Read pro and con arguments of banning books at the below:

Should parents or other adults be able to ban books from schools and libraries?

Bill Moyers for Banned Books Week

Writers & Censorship


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Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

  • 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material;
  • 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
  • 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group";
  • 619 challenged due to "violence"' and
  • 361 challenges due to "homosexuality."

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