Celebrate Banned Books Week 2022

Celebrate your right to read freely with libraries, booksellers, museums, schools and readers across the nation during Banned Books Week.

Held Sept. 18-24, Banned Books Week first launched in 1982 in response to a surge in challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has since tracked, compiled and released an annual top 10 list of the year’s most banned books.

The annual celebration emphasizes the harms of censorship by highlighting both historic and present-day attempts to restrict books and other materials.

“At its heart, Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to access ideas, a fundamental right that belongs to everyone and over which no one person or small group of people should hold sway,” reads the coalition’s handbook. “Banned Books Week is a celebration of books, comics, plays, art, journalism, and much more.”

Why is Banned Books Week Important?

The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” When a community is given fair access to books, it fosters connection and understanding between readers. Censorship does the opposite; it builds barriers.

Banned Books Week empowers readers to access works that arm them with information and perspectives that help them better understand both themselves and the world around them.

According to data collected in 2022 from the ALA, the large majority of voters, 71 percent, oppose efforts to have books removed from their local libraries—that’s across the political spectrum.

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

Every year, the OIF compiles a list based on documented requests of the top 10 most challenged books at schools and libraries of the previous year. OIF tracked 729 challenges in 2021. Of the 1597 books that were targeted, below are the most challenged:

Banned & Challenged Books at the Library

According to the ALA, the titles included in the book list below are books that individuals and groups have attempted to remove from libraries and classrooms. All books on this list are available for checkout at the Campbell County Public Library.

50 Banned & Challenged Books

Make sure to visit your favorite branch and keep an eye out for Banned Books Week displays!

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Mine was a paper card with a metal piece for the number to go into the machine that stamped the number on the card in the book’s pocket. It was paper instead of plastic because those were for the book mobile.

I really don't remember, it was in the 80s. I went to the original Newport and Ft. Thomas branches.

I miss my orange/green/purple library card so much 😭 it was my favorite

I have all of the top 3! My teacher card has Cam on it but it’s different than the one pictured. #havingfunisnthardwhenyouhavealibrarycard

The third one, I believe. I worked there like ten years ago almost at this point, but I remember thinking "wow, we have really spiffy cards!"

The blue one! But I think I still have the orange/green/purple one somewhere in my house

The only 3 I’ve had are the top three 🙂 Blue as a kid, multi-color when I was a college student, top right is the card I have now as a mom/homeschooler.

The blue one! 😊 I was 8 years old when I got it.

The blue one. Loved the key chain fob update to use thou.

I think blue but the orange, green and purple is my favorite!

Still have mine from when I was a kid!

The blue card

Second one on the top row

The blue card!

The blue one!

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Blue one

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I had to do rock, paper, scissors.

The blue one!!!

Top middle

Hahaha! Top left for me. I'm so old.

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I love being able to play in the leaves with my boys and hot chocolate and crisp smelling air.

My favorite fall activity is hiking through the fallen leaves and decorating for Halloween!

I love taking my kids to the pumpkin patch and watching them feed the animals and sit on the tractor.

Carving pumpkins and camping and relaxing by the fire pit with my family.

Carving pumpkins, making pumpkin desserts, and passing out candy to trick or treaters ☺️

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Drinking pumpkin coffee on the porch with my dog and reading!

I love visiting a pumpkin patch with the family ! & watching hocus Pocus in the park ! 🥰

All the fall activities!! Pumpkin patches, soups, pumpkin spice everything and hoodies!

Snuggles on the porch swing with my baby! Watching the sun go down!

Taking my grandson to all the fall festivals. Plus enjoying the beauty fall offers in color

Walking in the woods with kiddos admiring all those beautiful trees

Wearing flannel shirts & reading a good book snuggled under a cozy blanket 🤗

Cozying up with a great blanket, book and my pets!

Making crafts out of fall leaves with my grandkids.

Drinking hot apple cider with fresh donuts!

Making soup! (Yum) and fall walks looking at how the trees are changing 🍁

Decorating pumpkins!

Baking fall goodies!

Visiting a pumpkin patch!

Going to the pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze!

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