Banned Book Week 2018, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will begin Sunday and continue through Sept. 29 at the Bruce C. Clarke Library, which will celebrate with a special book display.
The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against censorship. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, 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 booksellers, librarians, teachers, students and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.