“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight”
— Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of being a Wallflower.
Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Book Week this week, September 27th – October 3rd! This week strives to promote the freedom to access information, even if the information or idea is considered unorthodox or unpopular.
Individuals and organizations are still making formal requests to ban books from libraries and schools today. According to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, there were 311 challenged books reported in the U.S. The association estimates that 70-80% books banned or challenged are unreported.
Censorship does affect you, even if it isn’t direct! Intellectual freedom, the freedom to explore ideas and seek knowledge, is vital for a healthy, functioning democracy. Without this freedom, our society is unable to make informed decisions. Stand-up for intellectual freedom and the freedom to read what you choose by picking-up a banned book this week!
Click HERE for a list of the Top Ten most challenged or banned books in 2014.
Want to test your banned book knowledge, click HERE to take New York Public Library’s Banned Book Week Quiz!