Banned Book Week 2017

Banned Book Week is here!

Every September, libraries across the country celebrate the freedom to read with Banned Book Week. This week highlights the importance of free and open access to information, an idea that exists as a cornerstone to all libraries.

Walnut Park patrons caught reading banned books.
Walnut Park patrons caught reading banned books.

Banned Book Week is all about expressing our right to and support of expressing ideas and seeking out information, even if those ideas or information are considered unpopular or different. It is a way to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and spread joy for the freedom we have to read.

Stop by one of your local St. Louis Public Library branches and check out their Banned Book display and information. Maybe check out a frequently banned book. 

Check out the American Library Association's "Frequently Challenged Books" page to see lists of each year's top banned books. Or, check out the video below for the top 10 banned books of 2016.

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