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.