Banned Books Week


Carolina Mooring, Graphics Artist

Each year books are challenged for questionable content, and some are even banned. How can students get involved this week? The American Library Association suggests the following:

  • Stay informed. If you hear of a challenge at your local library, support your librarian and free and open access to library materials by contacting the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF estimates it learns of only 3-18% of book challenges. Find out your library’s policy for reviewing challenged materials.
  • Participate in the Stand for the Banned Virtual Read-out. Join readers from across the world in filming yourself reading from your favorite banned book. The videos are featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.
  • Write a letter to a favorite banned or challenged author. Take some time to thank a banned or challenged author for their words. Author addresses and Twitter handles can be found on the Dear Banned Author page.
  • Help spread the word. Use the hashtag #bannedbooksweek to declare your right to read.
  • Exercise your reading rights. Check out a banned book.

Graphic used with permission from State of America’s Libraries Banned Books Weeks