Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2, 2021) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It 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.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. 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.
In conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, East Greenwich High School Library declares this week Freedom to Read Week! This week, let’s talk about how we can all benefit from the American shared freedom to choose and read books for our own interests.
Top Challenged Books of 2019
Top Challenged Books of 2018
Top Challenged Books of 2017
Top Challenged Books of 2016
Top Challenged Books of 2015
Did the Board of Education's decision to ban certain books from its junior high and high school libraries, based on their content, violate the First Amendment's freedom of speech protections?
Question: Did the Board of Education's decision to ban certain books from its junior high and high school libraries, based on their content, violate the First Amendment's freedom of speech protections?
"Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books. ..." -U.S. Supreme Court in Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)