Banned Book Week
Banned Book Week is a celebration of our freedom to read, and is usually held during the last week of September.
The intent of this event is to help people become aware of the reasons behind book challenges and the danger of banning books simply because ideas in them might make some people uncomfortable.
The basic premise is that, if one individual doesn't like the contents of a book, they are welcome to not read it, however, they shouldn't make that decision for everyone. Everyone has the right to choose what books they want to read.
From ALA.org (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/#):
"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read...it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country."
Challenged v. Banned Books:
It is important to note the difference between "challenged books" and "banned books":