Each year, individuals who find books conflict with their personal beliefs request them to be removed from library shelves and inaccessible to all patrons. The American Library Association (ALA) recorded 325 of these cases in 2016 and estimates that about 82-95% of challenges remain unreported. To help generate awareness, support schools and libraries, and challenge censorship, ALA recently released a list of the 10 most challenged books of 2016. See the infographic below for more information.
“Words have Power” is the theme for Banned Books Week 2017 (Sept. 24 – Sept. 30), acknowledging that books connect communities and present new ideas and recognizing your own ability to speak out against censorship. Supporting this observance, SAGE Publishing and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s will again host the Stand for the Banned booth at the ALA Annual Conference. At the booth, you can be filmed speaking from the heart about how a book that has been banned before has impacted your life or read a short passage from your favorite banned book. Your video will be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel during Banned Books Week.
The booth will be located near the registration area. Interested in participating? RSVP now and we’ll put you on our “Fast Pass” list to jump to the front of the line.