Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week, 22nd-28th September 2019, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. 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 for removal or restriction in libraries and schools (predominantly in America) by focusing on efforts across the world to remove or restrict access to books.
Books are still being banned and challenged today.
- 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.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Students discussed whether censorship is good or bad?, do we need censorship? And how many of the class had read a Banned Book – ALL OF THEM!