Banned Books Week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, is actually an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”
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. 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.
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