Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2) was established in September 1982 to highlight current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. We’ve put together a list of some of the most challenged titles since 2000, plus other resources to further your appreciation of the freedom to read.
In recent weeks, groups in Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, and right here at home in Cass County, Kansas City’s Northland, and Wichita have worked to remove dozens of books from shelves, keeping them out of reach of the nation’s youngest readers. The Library condemns any proposed censorship of reading materials and insists that reading for information, enlightenment, and interest is a fundamental right of all Americans. We encourage all libraries to remain committed to a diverse collection that serves the needs of all readers.
Citing concerns about “unintended adverse consequences,” the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees is calling for the rejection or revision of a measure proposed by Missouri’s secretary of state regarding protections for minors from “non-age-appropriate materials” in libraries.
Missouri’s secretary of state wants to enact a new policy that libraries believe endangers your freedom to read and threatens to reduce community access to public library books and other resources. A public comment period runs through Thursday, December 15, 2022, giving you a chance to speak up for your right to read and speak out against censorship. Learn more and take action today.
Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, spotlights current and historical attempts to censor titles and collections in libraries and schools. The Library explores issues related to bans and challenges happening locally and nationally with programs, reading lists, and other resources.