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September 28th, 2009

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 26−October 3, 2009

Censorship: A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives. Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered controversial, unorthodox or unpopular— is a core value of the library profession. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of controversial, unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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