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2019 Banned Books Week September 22-29

During BANNED BOOKS WEEK, readers across the country (and even across the world) unite to celebrate their literary liberties and discuss the benefits of unrestricted reading.

The annual event spotlights recent and historical attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, and highlights the powerful stories of readers who stood up for their freedom to read.

Join the South Eugene High School Library in celebrating our First Amendment right -
the freedom of speech, and of the press.   Pick up a banned or challenged book today! 

Come to the Library to see more on Book Banning in the 21st Century and check out a Banned book today!

What's the Difference between a Challenge and a Banning?

  • A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

  • A banning is the removal of those materials.

Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

The positive message of Banned Books Week: Free People Read Freely is that due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Links for further exploration:

History of banned Books Week

Frequently Challenged Books

Top Ten Most Challenged Books (by year)

100 most frequently challenged books by decade

Banned Books Week 2018 Calls Out Censorship - American Library Association (ALA)

Banned Books Week - Wikipedia

YouTube - Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017 (3:22)

YouTube - Top Ten Books That Have Been banned (15:45)


Updated September 2018