Celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week September 18-24

The last full week of September 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Banned Books Week, which the American Library Association first commemorated in 1982.

This year, Publishers Weekly writes that Banned Books Week arrives with a "new urgency."  An ALA press release reports that between January and August 2022, the organization documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources, and found that 1651 unique titles were targeted. If book challenges continue at this pace, there will be a marked increase over how many were documented in 2021 (729 attempts to restrict books and a total of 1597 unique titles targeted). The 2021 numbers were already the highest since the ALA began keeping track in 2000, and almost a four-fold increase from about five years ago.

Reading, and the freedom to choose what to read, are an essential component of your #RighttoLibrary. You can find every title in the ALA's list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in San Jose Public Library's catalog. If you want to read one of these books, you can!

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

Gender Queer, book cover
Lawn Boy , book cover
All Boys Aren't Blue, book cover
Out of Darkness, book cover
The Hate U Give, book cover
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian , book cover
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl , book cover
The Bluest Eye, book cover
This Book is Gay, book cover
Beyond Magenta, book cover