Banned Books Week was started by the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom in the 1980s. Banned Books Week invites readers of all types to unite and celebrate the freedom to read, examine past and present attempts to challenge or ban books, and to draw "national attention to the harms of censorship." The Swisher Library is proud to celebrate Banned Books Week with other libraries, schools, and booklovers around the country.
"Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities." - American Library Association