Posted on: September 16, 2022 | Category: Spotlight
September 18-24 is Banned Books Week! A key component to our democracy is access to information, ideas and stories that reflect all people in our community. Our public libraries are dedicated to making sure individuals have the choice to freely read what they want to read.
At many of our public library branches across the state, you will find small exhibits of books that have been banned at different points in history. We encourage everyone to explore the world of ideas and knowledge and read a banned book!
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021. Of the 1,597 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: