Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom To Read

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Join us for the Banned Books Week Celebration in TLC from September 25-29!

Our theme for 2017 is On the Margins to bring attention to the fact that many banned and challenged books (52%) are by and about marginalized people.
· Five of the top ten most frequently banned and challenged books in 2016 include LGBTQ characters or issues
· The ALA reports that book challenges went up 17% in 2017
· Half of the most frequently challenged books were actually banned last year

Guest Speakers

​Monday 9/25 ​ Tuesday 9/26​ ​ Wednesday 9/27​ Thursday 9/28 ​Friday 9/29

Miguel Chavez & Matt Lemus

TLC Tutors
"Inqueeries of Banned Books"
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LTLC 157

Cindy Stephens
Early Childhood Education
"Including Diversity and
Equity in Children's Literature"
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LTLC 157
Sigma Kappa Delta
English Club 
 "The Who, What, When
and Why of Banned Books"
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LTLC 157

Sarah Etheridge-Criswell
"Banned Books: Harry Potter and
it's Cultural Implications"
9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
CCC Amphitheatre

Ashley Granillo

"How to Write a Banned Book"
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
LTLC 157

Matt Crater
TLC and Athletics

"Kinesthetic discussion of Baseball Saved Us"

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LTLC 157


What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

What is the difference between a Banned and Challenged Book?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. 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. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice. A banned book is one that is removed or restricted from public libraries, schools and other public places.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Why are Books Challeneged and Banned?

Books are usually challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information, including “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. However, this is still a form of censorship.

Challenges by Year

To see even more Banned and Challenged books Click Here:

List of 100 most frequently challenged books 1990-99

List of 100 most frequently challenged books 2000-09

Challenged Passages


Photo Galleries: (2013)(2014​)

Challenged Books by year: (2014)(2015)