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Banned Books Week 2014
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Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.

Of course, the banning of books well precedes 1982. Some of the most famous books in history have been banned at one time or another. A video from the Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library highlights some of the important books in the history of science that have been banned or censored. Most famously, Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems and Darwin’s Origin of the Species.

You might be surprised to know, however, that one of the most banned category of books in recent times is the comic book/ graphic novel genre. For that reason, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) collaborated with the national Banned Books Week planning committee to focus this year’s celebration of the freedom to read on comics and graphic novels. This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world. A dedicated YouTube channel was created for Banned Books week that will feature videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read as part of a virtual Readout.


During Banned Books week, the SB&F Editor’s blog we will be posting updates on Banned Books Week, with a special focus on science.

Posted 10 Sep 2014 4:12 PM by Maria Sosa