Subversive. Objectionable. Offensive. Inappropriate.

These are just a few of the terms used to describe many of the books that are challenged every year.

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read and highlights the value of access to information, even when it’s unpopular or unorthodox.  This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 18-24, takes place during an unprecedented time of book bans and challenges in U.S. schools.

The AHS Library is currently displaying a collection of books in recognition of Banned Books Week.  While some books were banned or restricted in various locations around the U.S., in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. What all of these book have in common is this: they reflect the diverse experiences of students of all races, of all abilities, of all religions. They open windows in students’ minds, so that we can see—and celebrate—all of us.

We observe Banned Books Week all month to emphasize the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the dangers of censorship.  Visit the library and check out a banned book today!

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