Banned Books Week is an annual event when libraries raise awareness about attempts to limit the availability of certain books to the public. The American Library Association first organized the week-long event in 1982 as a response to a sharp increase in the number of challenges to books. Banned Books Week also highlights the commitment of libraries to provide free and open access to information. The theme for Banned Books Week 2020 is “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”
The Handmaid’s Tale and the Harry Potter series, two of the most challenged books in 2019, are part of Preston Library’s collection. People may be surprised to learn that many books they consider literary classics are included among the lists of frequently challenged books. Stop by the Banned Books Week display in Preston Library to see some of these classic titles and to learn the reasons for banning/challenging them.