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Banned Books Week: Banned Books Week 2016

Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week - September 26 to October 7, 2016

What is Banned Books Week?

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside the last week of September to create awareness of challenges to library or school materials, attempts of censorship, and banning of materials around the world.

Banned Books Week is an opportunity to encourage intellectual freedom in all capacities.

For more information about Banned Books Week, see the links in the box on the right, or ask your librarian. 

Challenged vs Banned

Banned & Challenged Books Map of U.S.

This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2011 in a larger map.

Challenged in Knox County School

In 2015, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was challenged by a parent of a L&N Stem Academy student, citing the book as pornographic. The controversy gained national attention nationally. The text was Pellissippi's 2012-2013 Common Book. There's a copy at each campus library to make it easy for everyone to get their hands on this challenged book!

WBIR's story.

Huffington Post's story.

LA Time's story.

The Guardian's story.

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