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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Flaxman's Pop Up Libraries

Banned Books Week

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.What is Banned Books Week?.

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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." (From the Banned Books Week About page.)

.What is a Banned or Challenged Book?.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials." (From the ALA Banned Books Week page.)

.Learn More.
From The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the ALA:
Frequently Challenged Books List  |  Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists  |  Intellectual Freedom Blog

.Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021.

From the OIF's Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists - see that page for reasons why they were banned or challenged.

.Other Banned + Challenged Books Since 2010.

A selection of other banned or challenged books in the Flaxman Collection from the OIF's Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists - see that page for reasons why they were banned or challenged.

.Other Banned + Challenged Books 2000-2009.

A selection of other banned or challenged books in the Flaxman Collection from the OIF's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009.