Banned Books Week: Information

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What is Banned Books Week?

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Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Usually held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Supporting intellectual freedom

BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Targets and the community that protected them

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings (challenges) and actual bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.

Protect our rights

Imagine how many more books might be challenged — and possibly banned or restricted — if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the avail–ability of information in a free society.

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Recipient of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Fund Grant

The Kennedy Library is one of eight national recipients of the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Fund Grant, which supports the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.

From September 30 through October 6, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to access information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.