Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrated by libraries all across the country. Typically held in the last week of September, Banned Books Week brings awareness to the current and historical attempts to censor books. Attempts to remove or restrict access to materials in schools and libraries based on the objections of a person or group are still occurring today. According to the American Library Association, 607 total materials were affected in censorship attempts in 2019, a 14% increase from the previous year.
This year, the theme for Banned Books Week is "Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read." Although materials continue to be challenged, and even removed in some cases, part of the purpose of Banned Books Week is to celebrate the materials that are still available thanks to the efforts of the book community who stand up for the right to seek and express ideas.