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Banned Books Week

According to, "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 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported. "

According to ALA's Banned Books website:

"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. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice."

For more information about Banned Books Week, and to view lists of the most challenged books in the United States, visit:

Read Banned Books @ the Gregg-Graniteville Library

Want to see what all the fuss is about?  

Stop by the Gregg-Graniteville Library and check out some books that have been challenged and even banned across the country, or browse our Pinterest display to see what's available.


Find out why...

The children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was dropped from the state curriculum by the Texas School Board.