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Celebrate your freedom to READ!

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History

The following is taken from an article in the American Libraries Magazine, "50 Years of Intellectual Freedom." 

The 1980's were times of conflict and unrest.

In 1976, Steven Pico was one of five high school students who sued their school district for banning 11 books in their schools. The students claimed this violated their 1st Amendment rights. After 6 years, the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case ruled that a school board should not be able to remove books because they did not approve of the books' contents.

Inspired by the drama of the 80's and this court ruling, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) displayed about 500 challenged books in padlocked metal cages at the 1982 BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California.

After the success of this display, ABA, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), and the National Association of College Stores launched The Banned Books Week initiative. The initiative took off and here we are today--celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September!

2020's Most Challenged are here at Leeward Library!

Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you
Speak
The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
To kill a mockingbird
Of mice and men
The bluest eye : a novel
The hate u give

Many of the titles in the top 10 are here at Leeward Library! Click on the slide for more information about the title and its availability!

We also compiled a full list of titles that have made ALA's frequently challenged list throughout the years. You can browse this list by clicking the Banned or Challenged Titles at Leeward Library tab at the top of this guide.

More information about Banned Books Week: ala.org/bbooks and bannedbooksweek.org

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