The last week September is Banned Books Week; a week to reflect on the challenges that have banned our access to certain books, and to celebrate our freedom to read what we want to read without the threat of censorship.
For over 30 years, the American Library Association has promoted this nation-wide event, and libraries, schools, universities, book stores, and other entities have celebrated Banned Book Week. Unique displays, vigils, and conversations can be found in an effort to ensure our reading freedom.
Many classic novels have been on this list. Catch 22, The Awakening, 1984, and The Handmaid’s Tale are some of the more popular and recognizable, but there are, unfortunately, new books that have been challenged every year. It is important that we are aware that the threat of censorship and banning books still exists today.