4 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

  • September 21, 2014

Lovers of subversive literature, rejoice! It’s Banned Books Week! In honor of this year’s observance — which runs Sept. 21-27 — the American Library Association offers these ideas for celebrating your favorite controversial reads.

4 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

  1. Sound the alarm. Is your local library or school system being strong-armed into dropping a certain title? Tell the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom about it.

  2. Organize a neighborhood event. Gather like-minded readers at a bookstore, library, or community center and discuss your most beloved banned books.

  3. Make your voice heard. Attend school board meetings and local government hearings. Write a letter to the editor. Spread the word that censorship has no place in a nation built on a foundation of free speech.

  4. Read something treasonous. There’s no better way to promote banned books than by reading them! Whether it’s Lolita, For Whom the Bell Tolls, or even The Hunger Games, dig into something “objectionable” and decide for yourself what all the fuss is about.


Click here for the American Library Association’s list of most frequently banned classics. See any of your favorites on it?


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