This week is Banned Books Week, and to celebrate, readers all across the country will be reading books off the banned books list because they aren’t supposed to. By doing so, these readers are sticking it to “the man” in support of the freedom to read.
For those who don’t know, Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, the goal of the event is to draw national attention to the harm of censorship and to encourage individuals to challenge restrictions put on accessing information. This event brings together readers, authors, booksellers, librarians, and teachers all over the country who support freedom of expression and oppose book banning.
Despite the national attention, books remain challenged and continue to be banned. Great works of literature have been removed or restricted in public libraries and schools across the nation because of content deemed inappropriate or unorthodox. Only thanks to the efforts of those who participate in Banned Books Week are these books still available at all.
I strongly encourage you to take time this week to educate yourself (if you aren’t already) on the issues surrounding this controversy, to take part in an activity or community event in support of freedom of speech, or to just read a book from the banned books list.
If you are interested in reading a book from the list, Goodreads breaks the list into many fun categories to choose from, such as Most Controversial of 2014 and Books I am Going to Hell for Reading.
For more information on Banned Books Week, check out the Official Website.
Here’s to another great year of reading. Be sure to add some banned books to your to-read list!