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Banned Books Week

Celebrate intellectual liberty during Banned Books Week

"Since 1990, the American Library Association (ALA) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal complaint requesting to remove a book from library shelves or a school's curriculum...Challenges are an attempt at censorship, and censorship denies our individual freedom to choose and think for ourselves. However, thanks to librarians, teachers, parents, and students, most challenges are unsuccessful. So, books like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, John Green's novels, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series remain available—as do different versions of the Bible and Koran." - Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library

Kent Oliver is Director of Nashville Public Library. He is a past chair of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and past president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Read the complete Op-Ed piece in the Tennessean.

Learn more at bannedbooksweek.org.

Banned Books that Shaped America

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The Library of Congress created an exhibit which explores books that "have had a profound effect on American life." This is a list of books from that exhibit that have been banned and/or challenged.

Banned Books Week Events

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