"Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted." ~ ALA
"What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?"
"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. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection." ~ ALA
The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to Banned Books Week, share Banned Books week news and events, and help you find banned books to read in the FIU libraries.
Click on the Banned Books Week Pull-Down Menu on the left to see each year's page.
Join the "Dear Banned Author" awareness campaign by writing to or tweeting your favorite banned author! Click on the image below or this link to find out how to participate!
Some author addresses and twitter handles are listed on that page and the list will be updated periodically.
Source of Chart: http://www.ala.org/
According to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, books are challenged for a variety of reasons; the top three reasons: having sexually explicit content, offensive language, and violence.