Banned Books Week on September, 2023: banned books week
Banned Books Week 2023. Banned Books Week - Support Intellectual Freedom Find educational materials at ALA
Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.
Banned Books Week is at the end of September each year and is a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read.
Many bookstores and libraries set up displays during that week that depict books that have been banned or "challenged" (which means people have requested they be removed from shelves).
You can find a facts sheet about this week here:
There are a lot of different sponsers of the week and the activities vary by your area. Closer to 2007's Banned Books Week there should be events listed in your local paper or stop by a bookstore or library and see what they have planned.
“Every burned book enlightens the world” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is banned book week....?
'Banned Book Week' (or Freedom To Read week) this year is September 29-October 6, 2007 in the U. S. In Canada this year it was February 25–March 3, 2007.
They are intended to make people aware that freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are sometimes banned at the border or delayed by Canada Customs, acting as a self-appointed censor. Books are being removed from the shelves in libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of people to decide for themselves what they choose to read.
More information is to be had at the sites below.
Why are so many people posting questions about banned books? What is banned book week?
This is banned Book week, as you might have guessed. It is the ALA's attempt to draw attention to the book banning that continues today and to make people see that banning books is wrong.
I'm not certain why the American Library Association was to prevent books from being banned, but they do. :-)
Quoted from the ALA site:
"Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2007, marks BBW's 26th anniversary (September 29 through October 6).
BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met."