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Banned Books Week guide

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Image is a word cloud info-graphic that lists common reasons why books are challenged. Reasons listed include books with LGBT Content, Violence, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language and Religious Viewpoints.

Celebrate the Right to Read and Think Freely!

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is September 27 - October 3, 2020‚Äč.

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The Freedom to Read Statement - American Library Association

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Read the complete statement on the ALA Website

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Credit

Thanks to the University of Toledo librarian, Elaine Reeves, for her permission to copy and edit her LibGuide.