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Banned Books Week - Freedom to Read

A guide about Banned Books Week for teachers, librarians, and those interested in intellectual freedom

ALA Banned Books Week (September 23 - September 29, 2018)

ALA Banned Book graphic for 2018

Welcome to Banned Books Week!

Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. -- American Library Association's Bill of Rights

This guide was developed to provide information and resources for faculty and librarians. You will find within this guide that there is information geared for specific age groups. Primary through collegiate classes and libraries were the target for this guide. Each of the sources also contain information stating the most appropriate age group.

If you have any questions or comments about this LibGuide, please contact Rachel Cannady.

On the Banning of Looking for Alaska

In this vlog, author John Green "discusses the American Library Association's recent announcement that his book Looking for Alaska was the most challenged book in the U.S. in 2015, responds to those who try to get the book removed from schools and libraries, and discusses the role of teachers and librarians in American life."


"Teenagers are critically engaged and thoughtful readers, They do not read Looking for Alaska and think 'I should go have some aggressively unerotic oral sex.' And they don't read The Outsiders and think 'I should join a gang,' or read Divergent and think 'I should jump onto moving trains.' So far as I can tell that kind of narrowed, prescriptive reading only happens inside an office of school superintendents." ~ John Green