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Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End. Find your Freedom to Read

Posted 09/25/2020


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Bringing to surface the literary content which has tried to be censored in Libraries and schools. As this is not okay to have books and other works censored, it brings a whole community together to fight for a cause that is worth fighting for. So many people feel so strongly about Banned Books because taking away these types of books decreases the chance of a broader perspective to students all over the world. Banned Books Week is held from September 27 - October 3. 

Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2020) | Advocacy, Legislation &  Issues

The FREEDOM to Read!

Banned Books Week was born in the 1980’s after the American Booksellers Association (ABA) put on an exhibit showing banned books in cages and held back by chains and locks. The American Booksellers Association put this extreme exhibit on display to prove a point that books are not dangerous. Books are a symbol of expression and creativity that broaden individuals minds and explore areas that have yet to be explored.


Rod Library supports the Freedom to Read! 

Here at Rod Library we believe students should have access to the books they want to read! fully supporting students' journeys to have a broader perspective on life through books and other literary content. Rod Library would like to invite you to stop and take a look at Rod Library’s display of banned books near the Learning Commons to support Banned Books Week.


What can I do to support the cause? 

  • Speak out against censorship
  • Report censorship when you see it
  • Get informed on educational freedom 
  • Know your rights 
  • Check out a banned book!


10 of 2019’s most challenged books included titles such as 

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell
  3. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  4. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller 
  5. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
  6. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
  7. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
  8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  9. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  10. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling ​​ 
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