Banned Books Week Marks Its 30th Year
Banned Books Week, the 30th annual celebration of the freedom to read and write what one chooses, is in full swing, running Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. The event was started in 1982 by librarian and director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom Judith Krug.
Krug established Banned Books Week to celebrate the gift of free speech and the authors and literature targeted by the censors; the event has been a popular one ever since. During this week, libraries encourage readers to delve into the many lists of banned and/or challenged works of literature and explore the reasons behind such protests.
While banning is a complete removal of the literature in question, a challenge is merely an attempt to remove said work by a person or group. A challenge is put forth when a person or group objects to a book, usually in an effort to protect children from what is deemed inappropriate behavior or language.
To celebrate Banned Books Week, delve into the many lists of banned and/or challenged books listed on the American Library Association website. (Continue reading this story).