This week marks the 33nd annual Banned Books Week. This event started back in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read after a barrage of challenges to books in libraries, schools and even book stores. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the initial Banned Books Week celebration. More than 300 were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom just last year.
You might be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged and even banned, including Charlotte’s Web, The Diary of Anne Frank, Where’s Waldo, To Kill a Mockingbird and even the American Heritage Dictionary.
As a library, we honor open access to information of all kinds, even that which some may find controversial. In honor of Banned Books Week, take a look at some banned classics and give one a read.