Behind Banned Books Week

Ever wondered about who is behind Banned Books Week?  Librarians of course!  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  ALA supports and advocates for all library issues and topics, but one of the main tenets of ALA Library Bill of Rights (2015) is, “libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”  To uphold this idea and policy, ALA does not advocate for the censorship of any materials found in school, public, academic, or any other type of library, instead they celebrate and promote the books that are challenged or banned in many areas.

But why do people want to ban books?  Most of the time it comes from good intentions to protect children from works that may be seen as taboo or unfavorable to someone’s liking.  While the intent is noble, it is against intellectual freedom to decide what is appropriate for someone else who may not share the same point of view. Thirty-three years ago, ALA began bringing attention to the number of attempts to censor information in public, school, and other libraries.  To commemorate the history of Banned Books Week, visit the ALA interactive timeline of 30 years of the most significant banned books:

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