Libraries & Archives

September 26, 2017

Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

What is Banned Books Week?

No, the library is not banning books. We wouldn't dare. We are celebrating the freedom to read during this national Banned Books Week! We've created some displays and there is a chance for you to win some prizes!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. 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.

We think a lot of books that have been challenged are some of the best books to read, so we've made some book displays in the St. Paul and Minneapolis libraries showcasing some of these books. Come check out a great book today.

Curious what the most challenged books are? The American Library Association collects this information and you can see what books are the most challenged every year on their book lists page.

Win prizes with the #RebelReader Twitter tournament!

During Banned Books Week, you can tweet any of the following items with the hashtag #RebelReader for a chance to win some literary prizes:

  • Take a selfie with a banned or challenged book
  • Post a quote from a favorite banned or challenged book
  • Share a video of yourself talking about censorship or reading from a banned or challenged book
  • And so much more! Look at the PDF below for all the ways you can be a #RebelReader in this Twitter Tournament
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