What is a banned book and why do we celebrate it?

This year’s ALA (American Library Association) Banned Books Week is from September 21st – 27th. Our little library has not really celebrated the week in the past, but this year we decided to highlight by pulling some of the books that made the top ten lists of banned books, and displaying them prominently. This has led to more than a few patrons asking why they are banned, or what does it mean when we call a book a “banned” book. So let’s clear up a few things, shall we. First, what does it mean when we say a book is banned or challenged? According to the ALA website “a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is t

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