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Banned and Challenged Books

Read a banned or challenged book! Banned Books Week September 26- October 2, 2021.

What you can do

Simply: SPEAK OUT!

If you know of any challenges to books or resources in your area, there are a few things you can do to call it out.

The intentions of these challenges are to protect others from sensitive, difficult, or controversial topics. But, these challenges that lead to bans restrict information and ideas from the people that may really need or want them!

Contact ALA

Contact the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to report a challenge by filling out their Challenge Reporting form.

Stay Informed

Stay informed, keep yourself educated, and help to educate others. It's not just about the books being challenged-- have the difficult conversations and talk about the ideas in these books that make people uncomfortable.

Write a Letter to the Editor and send it to your local paper. You can use this template from the ALA OIF.

Read a Banned Book!

Sign up for a Minuteman Library eCard, check Overdrive for the banned book of your choice, and start reading!