Banned Book week is right around the corner and as always we plan to celebrate with displays high lighting some of our favorite, but often challenged titles! While we prepare for this you may be asking “What is Banned Book Week?” Check out this brief mission statement and info graphic from

“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”


We are very lucky here at South Jefferson Public Library to have patient and understanding patrons who realize the importantance of having all kinds of materials availble for every person, but other systems haven’t been so lucky leading to uniformed, intense and sometimes even violent confortations.  Banned Book Week not only gives us an opportunity to celebrate some of our favorite titles but also our community that has supported us and continues to when other libraries aren’t so lucky!


We thank you and can’t wait to celebrate Banned Books Week with you!!




Banned Book Week Resources:

Banned Books Week Official Website

American Library Association Office of Intellectial Freedom

Young Adult Library Services Association