"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold
opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of
- Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Celebrate your freedom to read! Join us September 25th through October 2nd as we observe Banned Books Week in the library.
Two of the great hallmarks of our culture are the freedom to read and the freedom of expression. This means we are all free to choose the books we read and writers are free to express themselves through written or visual works. Throughout history, these rights have been challenged by individuals, organizations and governments.
Know your rights; speak your mind; read banned books.
Banned & Challenged Books
In 2009, 513 book challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association. To see where challenges have occurred and to get information on those challenges, see the Book Bans and Challenges Map.
- Guide to Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
- American Library Association (ALA) Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.
- ALA Freedom to Read Foundation