Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 and is observed every year in the last week of September. It is meant to bring attention to banned and challenged books and celebrate the access we have to many different sources of books and information. It is promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International.
Banned books are books that have been prohibited from being published or circulated by a government authority, usually on the grounds of religion, politics or public morality. Challenged books have been charged with being inappropriate, but have not been banned. Many books, such as The Giver, The Scarlet Letter and even Harry Potter, have withstood such condemnation and to gone on the become beloved classics.
So join us this week in celebrating the freedom we have to stretch our minds and our imaginations by reading a banned book.