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Banned Books Week: Introduction

A banner with books and text that reads: Banned Books Week!

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. (Wikipedia, 2021)

What is a Challenged or Banned Book?

According to the American Library Association (ALA, 2021), 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.

What is going on at the Dunbar Library for Banned Books Week?

  • Read a "Banned Book": Some of the books that have been challenged or banned in other libraries are available for you to read at our libraries. Visit the 2nd or 3rd-floor book displays.
  • Use your Voice: Participate with our whiteboard polls in the 2nd-floor atrium or scroll down to use the Jamboard.
  • Show your Support: Get your "I read banned books" button (in a basket at the 2nd and 3rd–floor book displays) and wear it to show off your freedom to read.

Banned Book Jamboard

"Why should books NOT be banned?" Jamboard screenshot. One sticky note says, "I want to read good books!"

Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week 2021