September 21−27, 2014Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, 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.
So basically if someone is upset about a book, they can challenge the book and attempt to get it banned from libraries, and schools and things like that. And this week raises awareness on the books getting challenged, so that we may be able to stop them from being BANNED!
According to the ALA (American library association) A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
Take a look yourself.. Frequently Challenged Books, also Here, Here and Here and even Children's Books. Incredible right? Can you imagine a worked without Harry Potter? Judy Blume? Charlottes Web? or even Wizard of Oz? Even the classics that were forced down my throat as a high schooler. I admit that I loved reading most of them. I still have fond memories of Lord of the Flies, 1984, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.