Banned Books Week
This October 1-7, 2023 we raise awareness to the rapidly growing attempts to censor the expression of ideas and stories and words.
An unprecedented number of books were challenged in 2022...
...but the number of book challenges for 2023 is expected to be even higher.
"Between January 1 and August 31, 2023, OIF reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles - a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges since ALA began compiling the data more than 20 years ago. The vast majority of challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community." ~ALA