Throughout history books have been challenged, restricted and banned outright. Even today books that are considered too controversial are being removed from libraries and curriula. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to celebrate our freedom to read and the importance of the first amendment that protects our rights to access information and express ideas.
During this week libraries across the United States join together to offer exhibits, read-outs, and public talks to bring attention to the issue of censorship and expose the dangers of restricting information in a free society.
The Arizona Health Sciences Library's Banned Books Exhibit features a number of challenged and banned books--some may surprise you--along with the background behind why the books were challenged. For more titles, check out ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books. The UA Main Library is also featuring an exhibit and public talk during this week.
Celebrate Banned Books Week 2011 and read a banned book!