Learn more about banned books week at https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks.
Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week celebrates the value of free, open access to information. Librarians, booksellers, teachers, journalists and others in the book community celebrate the freedom to express ideas, including those which some consider unpopular or unorthodox. “Challenged” books are those which people have requested be removed from libraries, bookstores, and publishers. “Banned” books have been removed from shelves and stores.
Many books have been “banned” and “challenged” over the years. George by Alex Gino (LGBTQ/religion), Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds (Racism), and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Profanity, drug use, and alcoholism and because it was thought to promote antipolice views, contain other divisive topics) were the top three “challenged” books of 2020.
Stop by to check out the banned books we have at the Gillett Public Library, including . . .