Banned Books Week 2018

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

—Benjamin Franklin

September 23-29, 2018

"Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. It 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.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship."

--http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

Why is it important to celebrate Banned Books Week?

It's about Freedom.

"Banning books silences stories and discussions. Censorship succeeds when no one talks about it."

--infographic from ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

Text of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Advice from DAv Pilkey, Author of "captain Underpants."

what does it mean to ban or challenge a book?

According to the ALA, "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice."

Why are books Challenged or Banned?

Who Challenges Books?

All infographics from: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/freedownloads