Since it is Friday and it has been a long week (five days of work crammed into four), this different yet interesting information seemed appropriate for today. Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3. Bustle brought this topic to us in their article, “When Is Banned Books Week 2015? The Celebration Kicks Off On September 27.

Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been an annual event in the U.S., propelled by schools, libraries, and bookstores in support of our freedoms of speech and information. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,000 books have been challenged in the 30-plus years since Banned Books Week began. This year’s focus will be on young adult literature, which ironically is the most challenged genre of books.

Melody K. Smith

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