Defend your right to read! #BannedBooksWeek


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Many favorite books have been challenged/banned over the years. 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. 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.

Here are the Top 10 book that were challenged in 2015.

Here are some of the ways the Tompkins Library is celebrating your right to read this week.


Celebrating Banned Books Week!



“What Banned Book is this?” contest



Stop by and pick up a copy of the 2015-2016 list of challenged or banned books. Each book listed contains a description of why is was challenged/banned.



Help complete this challenging Banned Books Week crossword created by Penguin Books.



Find a banned book to read!



Have a “I Read Banned Books” poster made with your favorite “banned” book.


Information by © 1996–2016 American Library Association

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