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Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

Kennedy Library Celebrates Banned Books Week 2023

Join Kennedy Library as we celebrate Banned Books Week 2023! Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and brings awareness to current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Kennedy Library is united with the California State Universities in our commitment to supporting the freedom to read, learn, teach, and create new knowledge. 


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Banned Book Week

Every year, across the country, books are challenged in schools and libraries for their "inappropriate" content. Banning books is a challenge to your First Amendment rights and takes away an individual's right to choose material that is appropriate for yourself or your family.

Celebrate the freedom to read by reading a book from the American Library Association’s (ALA) banned book list.

For more information visit the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books website.

What is the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?

When a person challenges a book, they are attempting to remove or restrict access to that book. If they are successful, then the book is banned.

Internet Archive - Banned Books: Read banned books for free at the Internet Archive.