Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 24, 2012

Salute to Banned Books

For the last thirty years, readers, teachers, librarians, authors and booksellers all across America have celebrated Banned Books Week.  It’s an effort to honor “the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular,” according to the American Library Association. “It… has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship.”

This year, Banned Books Week is September 30 through October 6.  The ALA has organized a “50 State Salute” for the thirtieth anniversary, asking organizations to put together videos celebrating the freedom to read.

YOU can participate, too!  Any reader can declare their freedom to read by uploading videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged books. It’s called the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out page.

How important is it to you that we have the freedom to read?  Tell us in the comments.

More on Banned Books Week later this week!



  1. […] is this year’s Banned Books Week theme.  It’s held next week, September 30 – October 6.   See our post explaining more.  Here’s the history of this celebration in a slide […]

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