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Banned Books Week: September 27th-October 3rd

Banned Books Week was created to celebrate the freedom to read as well as bring attention to the attempts to censor ideas in the past and the ongoing challenges that are experienced today.

Click here for the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019 with links to all of the books in our collection!

Interested for more challenged materials? Try this list of most challenged plays and musicals, most challenged comics or this overall list of the challenges by the year.

Amnesty International uses Banned Books Week to focus on the people who have been imprisoned or threatened due to publishing their work. For more information, read this article. There are also live events and activities for those who want to make an impact. You can also find their banned books list here, which is focused on international writers who have been threatened or killed due to their work.

Read a banned book and celebrate the freedom to read! Test your knowledge on banned books history with this NYPL quiz! Which banned book is your favorite?

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