Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year Banned Books Week takes place from September 22nd to the 28th and 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 express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children to library resources. Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has several measures to ensure that parental guidance is achieved for library users under the age of 12. By recognizing Banned Books Week and celebrating the freedom to read for all citizens, the library encourages dialogue between parents and children.
Banned Books Week programs for teens
Banned Books Week events will be held in several libraries. See the full schedule.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; and the PEN American Center. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Project Censored.
Check out a Banned Book
Visit a library and check out a banned or challenged book. Here is a list of the top ten challenged books of 2012, as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. (You can find out if your favorite book has been banned or challenged by exploring the top ten lists of the 21st century here.)
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison