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Jamestown Schools Libraries: Melrose and Lawn: Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week - September 26 - October 2, 2020

Banned Books Week (October 1-7 2023) 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.

Top Challenged Books

Top Challenges Books of 2020

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

2022 Most Challenged Books

Text graphic that reads "TOP 13 MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS OF 2022." On the right is a colorful graphic of an open book with text that reads "LET FREEDOM READ"






Dear Banned Author - Letter Writing Campaign

Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee.

Current Issues

Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark - Keep the Lights On

Banning Books - The Pico Decision

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?

Censorships by the Numbers 2020

Censorship by the Numbers 2020

Censorship by the Numbers 2019

Censorship by the Numbers 2019

Censorship by the Numbers 2018

Censorship by the Numbers 2018

Top Challenges Books Infographic

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019

Young Adult Banned Books

 Young Adult Banned or Challenged Books

Forbidden Books Around the World

Forbidden Books From Around the World 2019