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Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week Logo, showing a yellow ribbon wrapped around a book

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the diverse range of ideas found in books and our right as citizens to make our own intellectual choices. This annual event celebrates the freedom of expression and our ability to read any book we choose. It also draws attention to the dangers of censorship and the importance of free and open access to information. Throughout history and even today, some of the most celebrated works of literature have been denounced or banned for presenting unpopular viewpoints, revolutionary ideas, and content that some have found objectionable.It also inspires us to think critically about the impact of #freespeech on our society's current intellectual landscape.

The Library's Booth Family Center for Special Collections is home to many rare volumes that were once challenged or banned. Rare Books Curator Ethan Henderson has selected some of his favorite "banned" titles found in the Rare Book collection. Click on the slideshow below to see the titles and more information about their history.

We want to hear from you! Share your favorite banned book with the Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #BannedBooksWeek2019!