Banned Books Week

Books locked in cage with caution tape.

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week at the Cerro Coso Library! This national event, which takes place during the last week of September, is dedicated to encouraging free and open access to information and ideas, even if they happen to be controversial. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

Books are still being banned and challenged today. 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. Our library display highlights books which have been censored or banned in schools and libraries around the US, so stop by and check one out this week.